I grew up wearing random athletic shoes until I got into college. Somewhere during my first year I became aware of the myriad of different footwear options available to me. I don’t remember what shoes I was wearing at the time, but I do remember what I replaced them with: Roos.
Roos, or KangaRoos are awesome colorful sneakers with zippered pockets built into the sides. I remember my pair vividly: their colors were baby blue and golden brown, and they were made out of some sort of leather-like material. They were narrow and long, and made my feet feel disproportionately skinny. And, of course, they had zippers. I enjoyed them immensely, but they did not feel like me.
I don’t remember what happened to them – I must have worn them for quite a while. But the pair that came along next changed my life.
Oh, New Balance purple suede and canvas sneakers, how I adore you. I have worn various versions of you almost every day for the past ten years, and yet you always manage to feel fresh.
The first pair was a reddish purple pair that shone like a rich dark plum in its light grey shoe box. I held a funeral service for it when it finally collapsed under the rigors of daily wear, years later.
For those of you who don’t do links, here’s a similar pair (but in blue):
Now imagine those in lovely reddish purple color! Pretty right?
The second was a bright purple canvas pair that accompanied my husband and I on our travels around the US.
Oh, the things those shoes have seen.
They made it all the way to Europe and lasted two whole years over here before I had to tearfully dispose of them.
The third pair was suede, like the first, but dyed a slightly darker shade of purple:
They were lovely (as you can see), but only made it a year before falling apart. (This is probably because I bought unisex pair that fit a bit looser-lesson learned, properly fitting shoes last longer).
They were also lovingly disposed of when I bought my current pair:
These are no longer brand new, but still, stylish – am I right? It’s like, purple sneakers: the faux leather edition! Pretty sweet.
We have tromped through many a forest together.
We have scrambled over many a rock together.
We have trotted down many a sidewalk together.
Oh purple sneakers, you are seriously the best.
Side note: My husband and I have recently started a new exercise regime. When I put on my ancient pair of actual athletic shoes (these may or may not be the pair that I replaced with the Roos back in my college days) my hubby was like: “We may have to get you some new shoes.”
I jokingly replied: “Why, because they’re ugly?”
He very seriously answered: “Yes.”
So, now I’m thinking cobalt blue, or irish green… Because there can only be one pair of purple sneakers. Plus, the more colors the better…As long as I can keep my sneakers.