8 May 2011

Yellow Converse All Stars

One of the several pairs of shoes I own is a pair of yellow Converse trainers, purchased from Office on Princes Street, Edinburgh, a few years ago in summer 2008. Back then, the shoes were a brilliant yellow, and naturally my young eyes were drawn to their brightness as a bee is drawn to a colouful flower. They had to be mine.

However, I was a naive 16-year-old boy, and therefore made a somewhat costly mistake in buying them. Because after nearly three years, I've grown some sense and finally realised - even with the colour faded slightly after several washes - they just don't go well with many items in my wardrobe.


First of all, they're yellow. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing distasteful with colourful shoes, and I am fond of the colour, but the fact of the matter is I have hardly anything which appropriately matches or contrasts. White is generally the most suitable option because of its neutrality, but I'd like to wear other colours successfully too.

Secondly, they seem to make my feet look unnecessarily long. I suppose one reason is that they're a size 11 instead of my size 10 - which was due to me thinking at the time that my feet could still be growing - however I believe it's more due to the lo-top design. With a slim body and laces running from tongue to toe cap, they appear longer than they actually are. In the past, I managed to counter this with my light-coloured flare jeans, but while my flares are out of commission due to an unfortunate tear (look out for a DIY personal style post coming soon), I now have nothing which works.

Yet in spite of these two points, I still want to hold onto this pair of All Stars, as there has to be a way to wear them well. But more importantly, I still love them. Colourful shoes can look great when worn with the correct clothes in the correct manner, and that's exactly what I want to achieve. Hopefully, I shall find this out by myself in due course, but if anyone has any ideas or advice they wouldn't mind imparting, please leave a comment below. It would be truly appreciated.

So yes, the student fashionista is clueless about an element of fashion... Well, I never said I was an expert. Hence why this blog post is aptly named a "personal style puzzle". I trust it won't be such a puzzle later on in life.

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