My absolute favorite go-to, casual, everyday, let’s-get-going-let-me-just-grab-my-shoes shoe: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars (in white). It’s weird, but I just bought my very first pair just over a year ago. I know, for someone so certain about it being her *IT* shoe, you’d think I would have bought them a long time ago. I’m not sure I knew just how much I would love them. Well, oh ho ho ho. Now I do. I am hooked. FO life.
I actually have great memories of my dad in the classic, white high tops, ray ban-ish sunglasses and jeans that were cut-off into almost too short shorts. Oh, yeh. The coolest. 1990’s. Whatcha gonna do? It was that and the Talking Heads on vinyl. We would all have serious jam dance parties in our living room on the regular. hmmm. My dad may actually have been the coolest. He really instilled in me a love and appreciation for good music (really good music)…and chucks. So while I didn’t own a pair until recently, my Converse roots run deep.
I wear them everywhere now. Ev-er-y-where. When I can’t think of what to wear, I start with chucks and go from there. This past weekend I took Mads on a special outing with mama (she has been needing some one-on-one attention. badly). We went downtown to Amelie’s where she picked out her usual “puff cream”. As we were sitting there she tells me, ” I don’t like thaaa cream, just the choc-let”…which begs the question…why didn’t you just order the all chocolate thing I pointed out to you that you so vehemently refused? Three year olds. Try talking sense to them. TRY.
Do you see how she only ate the chocolate off of the “puff cream”? Haha. Couldn’t possibly eat the puff…or the cream. No, no, no. That just wouldn’t do.
tank: Everlane’s Ryan Tank, white. A staple, in my opinion. Wearing a size small, true to size…if you like a bit of good old slouch.
hoodie: Old Navy, but here’s a similar one from L.L. Bean. Not sure when shopping there became something I do, but…there you have it. Is this one of those, “you know you’re almost 30 when…”? I also think this Zella ‘Pretty Moon Dust’ hooded jacket would also rock. S recently reviewed the new line at Nordstrom and I’ll be getting in there to try some of the stuff on ASAP.
denim vest: diy-ed from an old, too small jacket, wearing a very small size S. If I could go back I would have ordered one or even two sizes up. Here’s one that comes already as a vest at Madewell. Whoop! Whoop!
black destroyed skinnies: J. Crew toothpick jean in blacksmith wash, wearing size 26. I bought them a size down after reading reviews that this style runs a bit big and stretches out pretty quickly. The reviews proved to be very helpful. These jeans are my current jean jam and actually, my first pair of J. Crew jeans.
shoes: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, wearing size 9.5. True to size.
bag: Nine West bag from last year. This similar-ish CXL by Christian Lacroix ‘Chartres’ Messenger Bag has an over-the-shoulder strap. It’s not too small, but also not too cumbersome…and the moms go wild.
Now, I know that soooooome of you ((sigh)) do not like the classic Converse…Mads included, actually. I had to bribe her to wear hers. I can admit that they are a bit overplayed at the moment and can look a bit clownish…especially if you have bigger feet (raises hand). I just don’t happen to care about all of that, because a) I’ll be wearing these when I’m a crotchety old lady, long after they’ve stopped being in trend (maybe about 20 more times – trends do have a way of coming right back around) and b) I’m tall, I have big feet. I like chucks. That said, for you, ma dears…I scoped out some different options. Every mama can use a good, stylish, dependable pair of comfortable shoes.
My Fav Converse (And A Few Alternatives)
So. Which are you? – Converse lover, hater or meehhh?
Like I said, I’ll be wearing mine into my 90’s, provided I live that long. I may just be asked to be buried in them. 😉
image credits: Andrea Monteruil Photography – www.photographybyandi.com