I feel like almost everyone went through an Avril Lavigne stage… or something similar. I don’t want to call it a Goth or emo phase because I never went to one or the other – I was just focused on copying everything Avril did. I have fond memories of running to the local paper shop every other week to buy the latest Top of the Pops, Mizz or Shout magazine, depending on which featured my dream bestie, Avril.
When I went through this phase, my biggest priority was looking the part. Forget having a real appreciation for the music and history – if it was black and pink – I wanted it.
There was always one pair of shoes I wanted but never got: skater shoes. That was the missing piece of the punk puzzle, the one item that would make me feel like a true sk8er girl. In a previous post, I mentioned my new Converse from Footway. Well this week I’m sporting new Vans from Footway – my dreams have come true. I’m wearing distressed denim and skater shoes, I hope Avril would be proud.
I can’t publish this blog post without reviewing the Vans, as they’re a brand I’ve only ever worn once before!
Firstly, there’s a lot comfier than I expected. In my head, the shoes would be quite rigid with little support. In fact, the first thing I noticed was how cushioning they are. Like my feet were walking on tiny cotton pads. They’re tough on the exterior, which tells me they’ll be durable, but soft on the inside – so comfortable on my feet. I can wear them for a long time with no aches (thank goodness).
Secondly the design is awesome – they’re worth the investment. The only other pair of Vans I’ve owned before were from TK Maxx (here) and they’re a really unique pair, but because they’re so unique, they only go with specific looks. When I ordered from Footway, I thought it was a little silly for me to buy black and white Vans, when I already have black and white Converse. But they’re totally different shoes! The design of the Vans brings a totally different vibe and I’m tempted to order another colour.
I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this for so long. Some would label a classic pair of Vans as a wardrobe essential, and I think they’re going on to my list too. I love shoes that improve your mood when you’re wearing them. I think because my inner 12-year-old is so happy rocking skater shoes, my outer 21-year-old is happy rocking skater shoes.
Wearing Vans kind of makes me want to take up skateboarding again, it’s something I used to be obsessed with as a tween and somehow the hobby faded into the background.
They’ve become a great shoe for so many different occasions: on the go, heading to work, exploring the village, trying to be Avril and just keeping it casual.