The Converse e-dition
I've loved Converse since I was nine. When it came time to go shoe shopping I use to beg my mom to buy me a pair. Her response was always, "No Kelly, they're boy shoes." My brother was lucky, he was a boy and had those classic black ones. What did I know anyway, it was the 70's, we were stationed in the Philippines, maybe girls weren't supposed to wear Converse,
or maybe my mother just didn't know better.
I couldn't stand it anymore. I HAD to have those shoes, so I devised I plan and enlisted my brother's help. He'd sneak his brown Sunday shoes downstairs and hide them on the side of the house early in the morning. After lunch, we'd say bye to our mom to go play. We'd quickly exchanged shoes, me in those black Converse and my brother (G-d love him) in his brown Sunday shoes. Did I mention we lived in the Philippines where it's 100 * and 100% humidity? We agreed on a time to meet back at the house, exchange our shoes again and no one would be the wiser.
I remember prancing off feeling so incredibly cool.
I also remember looking back at my younger brother in his shorts, and brown Sunday shoes!
Eventually my mom found out and that was that.
Fast forward to adulthood.
Back issues prevented me from wearing ANY type of flat shoe.
That was until this last summer when I had my "girlie" surgery and now there is nothing is left to cause those issues.
Last week, my husband and I were out shoe shopping for his work when I spied them...
My husband knows the whole Converse story so he totally gets it. He said go for it. I tried a pair on for size and it was like the heavens opened up and sang a song for me.
I felt like that nine year old little girl.
Only now I'm 52 and feeling cool!
Now, if my mother was alive today, I'm pretty sure she'd have a good laugh and know how silly it was to have denied me these shoes. I wasn't an adult in the 70's, maybe people talked behind those mom's backs who let their little girls wear Converse.
I'm pretty sure if she was a mother of the new millennium, I'd for sure have had a pair or two.
So I bought a brown pair for good measure!
Happy (Converse) snapping!
Sharing over at Kim's