When Your Footwear Comes Full Circle
As a kid, sneakers are an ipso facto part of your wardrobe and I was lucky because my parents always indulged my need to have the “it” shoe. (Practicality and the cool factor were equally important when you were talking to boys–while hanging upside down on the monkey bars at the school playground). Throughout the nineties, Tretorn Nylites, Adidas Stan Smiths (with a powder blue heel, specifically), and Authentic Vans formed the base of my looks (with an occasional cameo by my Bass Weejun Penny Loafers). But as I came of age, so to speak, and could wear (and buy) whatever I wanted, I started buying heels and I wore them all the time. As an undergrad at Western, my shoe of choice for slogging a kilometre to the art building from Saugeen was a stacked-heel ankle boot that literally killed my feet under the weight of my portfolio case and my art box and whatever else I was carrying. But I persisted. I had electric pink stilettos that I wore with my boot-cut Seven For All Mankind jeans, followed by a pair of stiletto gladiator heels made worse by a thick platform at the front that I bought as a reward when I finished writing my Masters thesis, and wore with opaque black tights–in the snow! There were countless more that don’t stand out as much as those (in the level of trauma they inflicted on my feet, most likely), but thankfully I wised-up (and the athleisure trend happened–not sure which was the chicken and which was the egg), but my shoe choices of late, leave my feet feeling good. Plus I’ve been able to tap back into the thrill of my elementary/high school days, when picking out fresh, new sneakers was The. Best. These Vans Sk8-Hi Slims from Union Jack Boots are the most recent addition to my newly formed sneaker collection. Originally tempted by nostalgia, to choose another pair of Authentic Vans, I’m so glad I went with these instead, because the white, tone-on-tone high tops stand out from the low-cut tennis shoes (that shall remain nameless), that EVERYONE else is wearing and I think these lend more visual impact to a simple jeans and tee. I like the way they look with a dress, too, and have been wearing them pretty consistently with both since they day they arrived in the mail! So, while there’s a side of me that still loves the drama of a stiletto (I just bought a pair of Weitzman Nudist sandals), me–and my feet–are enjoying the footwear renaissance that’s been going on in my closet so much so that these Sk8-His are already on permanent rotation and will be for the rest of the summer.
Trove & Co. Organic Cotton Dress
This post was sponsored by Union Jack Boots but all opinions are 100% my own.