my first pair

Okay, at first glance, I will admit that these look pretty disgusting. But to me, they're an old friend. Perfectly faded. Kind of gross. But it's not like I can wash them. I'd wash off all of the history. Do you have any idea how many Lollapaloozas/Ozzfests/Vans Warped Tours these shoes have been through? (They may have even helped me survive a school dance or two.) It's like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. "I never wash my pants. I like to keep the night on them."
This weekend, I'm going to a 90s-themed party. So, I found myself digging through an old box of my high school stuff. I unearthed lots of old t-shirts, some Levis cut-offs, and these old shoes. My very first pair of All-Stars, ever. I wore them through four years of high school, and drug them through every concert and mud pit I encountered along the way.
The soles are worn smooth. I used to re-draw the star and the All-Star label on the back time and time again with a Sharpie every time it wore off. Oh, and apparently I liked to draw the Airwalk logo. (This was 1992-96, and I thought Airwalks were the shit. Obviously, this was before you could buy them at Payless.) There's half of a Hennepin Ave sticker that I found on the ground after some friends and I saw a show in Minneapolis. The rubber around the soles have my old favorite bands written on them ... L7, Slayer, Rage. The '1034' you see written there is my high school locker combination. The only boys' names I ever wrote on them were the Beastie Boys.

And so. This concludes my ode to an old and slightly disgusting pair of shoes. Do you hold on to old memories/stuff like this? I'm pretty happy I kept these.

10 comments:

  1. love. this.

    and i effing wish i had my first pair... green and black plaid.
    love

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  2. I think its funny that you drew another shoe's logo on them (Airwalk). I never found Chucks to be very comfortable, but they always look cool.

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  3. yeah, Ryan – I don't know what I was thinking.

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  4. Thanks for the trip on the 'Way Back' machine! love!

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  5. Awesome post. Wish I still had my first pair.

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  6. my sister threw away my old chucks and I never even got to say goodbye :(

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  7. so rad. period. Mckaylah had a black pair she drew all over, too, just like her Auntie Jen here....

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  8. whoa. it is the best that you saved these! i wish I still had my first pair of converse (mine were navy low tops.) mine had stars drawn all over the toes.

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  9. cool! i still have a couple old items from way back when. and my bbf's husband still wears Chucks, always white.

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  10. One of my greatest regrets is that I didn't have a pair in high school. Too cool.

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