Casual wear has been taking over my life. Not necessarily a bad thing when I am literally running between work, meetings, and shoots. Quite frankly, I’m enjoying my small sneaker collection (currently four not including my running sneakers). I like placing them unexpectedly to an outfit and then taking on the world. My current obsession is the Vans Sk8 Hi in True White. Vans, well known as a skate board brand, caters to the skating culture. Love everything about it and this niche. However, take another look at me! Besides the occasional long boarding, I do not fit in to the prescribed or unprescribed skating culture. It was simple. I liked the white hi-tops because I felt like it had some history to them. I like how understated they are, especially in streetwear. I liked the way they look. So I picked them up. Not once did I question who I was.
On a lovely stroll around Somerville, NJ., I was walking towards a small Costa Rican restaurant. The thought of their pulled chicken with potatoes stuffed inside the middle of a flaky all-around crusted empanada still has me drooling. Right before I got to the door of the restaurant, a middle age woman stopped me, no hello or anything. She got right to the point.
Woman - (Smiling) “Are those hi-tops coming back?”
Lynn - “Uh (looking longingly at the empanadas displayed on the window). I’m not sure”
Woman - “I loved those. I remember having a pair. I hope they’re coming back because I want to get those hi-tops for my daughter. I definitely can’t wear them anymore.”
Lynn - (Abandoned the idea of stuffing my face with empanadas and smiling at this random but sweet lady) “Of course you can wear them! It’ll be even cooler if you guys match. Well, sort of.”
I thanked her for the compliments and wished her a lovely day as she sat on the most adorable chair soaking the sun.
I took two things from this small encounter.
One) Hoard every piece of clothing for your children/grandchildren so that they have genuine “vintage pieces” when you hand them down. (Kidding. Kinda. )
Two) These hi-tops do indeed contain history.
At the end of the day - When it feels right, it is right. So while people are rocking Jordans and converses with dresses (nothing against this), I’m rocking Vans with an all denim outfit.
What sneakers do you wear with your trendy outfit?