I did not understand, and I mean, not at ALL, what was happening in fashion (like, am I completely out of it? Tell me what you think at the end of this article) – when I saw the HIDEOUS Balenciaga sneakers (I’m not being mean: the whole point of those sneakers is to be hideous: they’re called ugly sneakers apparently) on the feet of all the fashion girls (the term fashionista is banned from now on, by the way) and the EVEN MORE HIDEOUS IF IT’S EVEN POSSIBLE Gucci sneakers (enormous, covered in gemstones, completely absurd, but it seems to be working).
I knew this whole thing had been started by nutso Kanye (he’s just as talented as he is insane).
But I thought, eeeeh okay whatever, there are some trends we have the right to ignore, so that’s exactly what I did. Especially because it’s not like you, our readers, were sitting around waiting for us to talk about the ugly sneakers. Or maybe you were? Don’t hesitate to let us know if we’re skipping over an essential fashion trend like this one! (lololol)
ANYWAY. One day I was at the MALL (yes, I live in LA so my new life is filled with tons of malls and their poor cousin, the strip mall) at Saks, where I was hanging out after an amazing Omorovicza facial (incredible brand, remind me to tell you about it later) when suddenly I see a tall, skinny girl of about…hmm…barely 14 years old, I’d say – pass by with her mom, super pretty, wearing shorts that were MEGA SHORT, like Gen Z short (even Millennials would blush) (as for my generation, Gen X, we’ve only got two options: roll our eyes or say “I love it!!!” because we’re at an age where we know how to admire the freshness and innocence of things we would NEVER allow ourselves to wear.)
So anyway, very short shorts, super cropped t-shirt (the mother had the disillusioned look of those moms who are exhausted and ready to accept anything at this point) and huge, and I mean HUGE SNEAKERS.
And you know what? I thought she looked great. Super well dressed. Suddenly, it was a good look.
You know what I mean? When all you need is one image to realize you just didn’t get it before?
So, that was the moment I realized I was skipping over a pretty important fashion trend. So here we are now, I’m rectifying my mistake on this day of October 2018.
Since then, with my curiosity piqued, I stopped at Flight Club (THE sneaker store where you can find all the collectors including Kanye’s $2000 shoes) and I bought myself some Pharell sneakers. I have absolutely no idea when I’ll wear them, considering how flashy they are, but here again, I’m just realizing even more how the sneaker craze completely passed me by.
Here I thought we were becoming more and more conscious of the future of our planet. That’s what people have been saying about kids these days.
But, bad news:
most of them don’t care thhhaaaat much, just like we didn’t really care at their age.
The only thing they want is to be cool in their $2000 sneakers.
But then again, don’t count on me to be the judge. It’s easy to say “buy better, buy less” after spending the better part of my thirties changing shoes four times a day.
So, in conclusion: if you want a pair of sneakers that really stands out, or even a pair of HIDEOUS sneakers, now is the time. You can get them at just about any price and there are even some brands that are more environmentally friendly than others.
To each her own.
And if you insist, I’ll show you my Pharell sneakers, which I paid way too much for (but not $2000 – I’m too old for that hahah!)