As much as I write about the successes of my wardrobe, here’s a post about something that hasn’t quite worked out for me.
White canvas shoes are a bit of a thing right now – think resurgence of Converse and similar styles. Skandi (as in Scandinavian) cool. The shoes you wear to dress something down. The everyday footwear that are not all out hiking boots, stilettos, or marathon runners.
I usually hate really white shoes. I think they stand out too much. As a kid, I used to hate new trainers straight out of the box because they just glowed in the sunlight. I wouldn’t enjoy wearing those shoes until they were scuffed, dirty, worn in and toned down in general. Maybe I thought brand new white trainers were a bit dicky, screaming for someone to come bully me. Maybe I just felt my darker skin tone made me look dirty compared to those unearthly white shoes. I dunno.
Since they’re all the rage now though, I thought I’d invest in a pair and see where they’d take me style wise.
Actually they paired really well with lots of things – denim skirt, shorts, skinny and boot cut jeans, with sports leggings even. The white canvas shoe is probably the most versatile style shoe I’ve ever worn.
Just not this specific pair.
Admittedly they’re not from a speciality shoe store; they’re a fashion brand label. The gold hardware says it all, really. And that’s where I went wrong. I went for looks over expertise.
I think my feet are difficult to fit – they’re wide at the front, but short in length. That usually means a bigger size will feel more comfortable, accommodating the width, but then the length of the shoe is way to large as a result and I end up with clown sized shoes (which probably look hilarious on someone as short as me). I also have a sneaking suspicion that I have shin splints, as well as shallow arches, so the thinner sole doesn’t do me any favours. The canvas is pretty stiff, which rubs on all the awkward parts of my feet, even through socks.
But I hear you – you haven’t broken them in yet, keep wearing them and they’ll get softer with use. I know, I know, but I have a feeling I bought them a size too small anyway, idiot that I am. Frankly though I’m at the age where I don’t have the time to expose my feet to months and months of agony while trying to break in a pair of shoes that should be serving an immediate purpose for me right now, even if they were the right size. I don’t want to be a slave to fashion in this instance because, man it ain’t worth it!
I’ve learnt my lesson. I’m sticking with Birkenstock. They’re expensive, but that brand understand feet and longevity. I bought a pair of suede clogs just before I moved to Japan, to use as inside slippers at all the schools I taught at, and they are still going 10 years later. Since being back they’ve been chewed on by Turtle, crapped on by the little birdies, the cork sole is coming away from the sole, and the suede isn’t velvety anymore, but dang they wear well.
So, anyone want a pair of 3 month old canvas sneaker shoes from Country Road? Women’s size EU38 (AU7.5). Leave a comment and let’s talk!