I have been a Converse Chuck Taylor wearer for quite some time now. By quite some time I mean eight years – before, during and after my gangsta – Nike Vandals; rock’n’roll – pointy brown winklepickers; and Dunlop Sports phases. Navy blue high top Chucks. So confident was I in their ability to go with everything that when it came time to pack for my recent European trip, I decided to take that one pair alone. It was a good call – they went with everything. But they also absolutely destroyed my feet. The blisters were diabolical. So when I came back home to New Zealand, I retired them. For the past week, I’ve been wearing my half-size-bigger cream Comme Play Chucks, but they don’t go with my beige pants, they don’t go with my beige socks, and they’re a little too camp for an everyday shoe. While I was in Paris, I hung out with Jeremy Bowden who kept wearing these awesome beat up blue low top Vans. They were the perfect summer shoe – super fresh when worn sockless and so cool with cuffed jeans.
I spent most of the day today doing a photoshoot for Newmarket store Qubic with James K Lowe. At the end of the day they presented me with the above pair of Vans. I reckon they’ll be my new uniform shoe.
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