14 September 2007
I own three pairs of shoes: black dress shoes I wear to weddings, funerals and occasionally to work; one pair of brown Converse and one pair of black Converse, which I wear daily.
This is all I wear when I'm not at work and some days, like today, I even wear them to work. I'm not a shoe person. I'm like the opposite of Imelda Marcos. I live in Converse. It's what I've always worn and wearing them makes me feel comfortable and confident and bouncy, all those things your favorite shampoo or dew-scented tampon is supposed to do for you. Or the way grandma's pasta or a bowl of Haagen Daaz makes you feel. Some people have comfort food, I have comfort footwear.
This is not by any means some kind of moral position, you should know:
I'm not trying to disparage you women who love your expensive shoes and handbags; it's just not for me and spending that kind of money on accessories is not something I can understand, perhaps because I've been poor and my mind is regulated to think frugally when spending money. It's why I haven't bought a Wii yet, even though I crave one. It's why I'm right now wearing a sweatshirt I bought four years ago and why we don't have a flat screen tv. I can't bring myself to think outside the poor box.
Still, these are the Chuck Taylor facts:
I have a feeling that even if I were rich and could afford a walk in closet full of shoes, it would be filled with 100 different styles of Converse.
Disclosure: I own eight pairs of shoes, half of them by New Balance.Posted at 8:37 PM to Rag Trade
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