The relationship that we have with our shoes is a strange one, though, in terms of things we put on our bodies, one of the most necessary. They protect our feet from perils such as the New York City sidewalk, sharp objects, wet grass, etc, and for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, we could hardly survive without them for 7 months of the year.
The reasons most of us wear shoes are practical, so then why don't our shoes always feel practical? Of course, these days many designer shoes are essentially sculptural art, but for everyday (and I'm generalizing here) why do we feel the need to totter, limp, and stumble around, when there are other options out there? Most often, it's the shoes that are meant to make us feel most powerful (heels...boots) that cripple us the most, and what is empowering about that?
Thankfully the sneaker revolution is happening and I hope it lasts for seasons to come because I love them with all my heart. If there isn't one thing that makes me feel important and cool, it's being able to carry myself with the confidence that, no, I won't fall down two flights of stairs at school. In fact, I could run down backwards if I wanted to
but not really.
So to conclude (though not entirely because I'm leaving thoughts and responses open to you), the above photographs were taken by moi avec le trusty iphone while on vacation in California, starring my new old school Vans which are, yes, practical, empowering and have already been successfully tested out in the stairwells at school.