The first time anything I ever wrote was published, I did it for fashion. Specifically, when I was 15 years old, I faked a ”true life” problem and sent it to much-missed girl-bible Just Seventeen, in a bid to make the 50 quid I needed for a pair of trainers. I was certain that the Converse in question possessed potent talismanic qualities, indeed it seemed quite obvious that the lack of the aforementioned kicks was the only reason I was not already going out with Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys, or at least someone who looked a bit like him.
My baroquely forlorn missive was published, titled: “I RUINED HER LIFE!” and illustrated with a stock photograph of a model, pouting ruefully. it detailed an imaginary mean Girls-style hate-campaign I had waged against a frenemy whose bouncy hair and easy popularity I envied. Over a series of sleepovers and Ouija board sessions, I convinced her that she was being pursued by a vengeful ghost, incensed by nameless crimes she had committed against him in a past life. Alas, my malevolent scheme was uncovered and I was – apparently forever – ostracised by my peers and wracked with unassuageable guilt.
A couple of weeks later, someone from the magazine (who I assume was on work experience, or at least drawing the short straw in the office) rang me at home to check I was OK. indeed I was. I had already bought the trainers and got a boyfriend who resembled Ad-Rock, if you squinted.
The moral of the story, friend, is that shoes are important – trainers in particular. The happy confluence of the 90s revival and the sporty mood of this Olympic summer means that trainers are – once again – having a moment. Here are a few of my favourite pairs.
Liberty’s ongoing collaboration with Nike has resulted in another collection featuring Victorian prints that create a pleasing dissonance with the shape of the shoe, like their Blazer high-tops. Fashionistas will love accessories label Mulberry’s debut sneaker collection. their “Blurry Bloom” high tops are my pick from it. Meanwhile, ethical shoppers can find sneakers with “sole” (sorry) at Ethletic. Made from organic cotton and fairtrade rubber, they come in at a reasonable £40. Last but not least, authentic 90s revivalists should try Vans or Adidas, as worn by the Beastie Boys themselves.