I never thought much of Converse sneaks until I was at JFK airport several years back, waiting at my terminal to board a flight to Heathrow. Knowing me, I’m sure I was wolfing down a Diet Coke and pizza (this was before I found out I was allergic to dairy – joy!!), while perusing Vogue.
I was immediately taken out of my food/fashion haze/bubble the moment a striking blond woman sat down across from me. She had a Carolyn Bessette Kennedy-esque look: straight, long blond hair, piercing blue eyes, minimal make-up, Birkin bag in tow. She was wearing small diamond studs, a white T, black blazer, a Hermes belt (I think it was green), fitted blue jeans, and…..white Converse sneaks. (I have a freakish memory when it comes to memorable outfits…hah!)
I remember feeling surprised by her sneaks, because they seemed soooo contrary to the rest of her ensemble (and its price tag). Yet my instant reaction was, “I need to get a pair of white Converse sneakers.”
And I did. Five years later, I still wear them all the time. I’ve grown to love their practicality and minimalist look. Plus, if you’re prone to wearing designer pieces (like me), Converse sneaks can be a great way to downplay (perceived) pretentiousness – or inaccessibility.
However, my white Converse are due for an upgrade, and I know just what I’m gonna replace them with:
Can you tell they’re leather?? I’m sooo excited. And even more so ’cuz I designed them myself.
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