Last weekend during the only snowstorm of the year, my trusty Converse trainers broke. I was wondering why my toes were feeling damp, when I looked down and saw a crack the size of the Grand Canyon spreading southwards down the sole of my shoe.
I always hate when my shoes break, because they become like a close friend, trusty and steadfast. Now I need to get looking for another pair in time for my trip to Paris next week, but where do I look? And what style do I choose?
Lately, I have been fantasising about purchasing a gold pair of trainers, and now is the perfect time. I head to the high street on a busy Saturday. First stop, Gola, where they have some funky gold pairs with burgundy and black stripes in shoe and high-top designs. I like them, but saw a trendy girl at my office wearing some metallic Nike shoes, so Nike Town is my next stop. They excel in cool designs, from gold and silver patterned shoes, to multi-coloured ones that you can design yourself called Nike ID.
The price tag is quite steep though, from seventy pounds for a gold or silver patterned pair, to ninety pounds for a fabulous white and green pair with ribbon tassels on the back. I am tempted, but move on to something more within my price tag.
My final stop is Office, they have so many different styles of trainers under one roof and I am reminded of why I like shopping here so much. The first pair I see are from Reebok.
Reebok’s latest styles are in bright splashes of colour, reminding me of why I left the 80s behind in 2007. Bright orange, blue and yellow make up the base colours, followed by various cartoon-like patterns and multi-colour laces. It might be alright for a hipster, but it’s giving me a headache just looking at them.
Finally, after many an hour of wandering back and forth, I make my decision. Yes, another pair of white Converse high tops. Stylish, comfortable and the right price. Perfect!