I did quite a bit of consideration on what makes a shoe “the favorite.” Style and comfort are two very large factors, but every person and foot is different. My feet love flat, lightweight shoes that are a little wide in the toes but fitted to the heel. I love color and laces (functional or otherwise). This pair of Converse All-Stars hi-tops fit the bill on those counts, but so do the rest of my canvas & rubber shoes. But I’ve had these for years and never once has it crossed my mind to get rid of them. They’ve survived walks, concerts, school days, hanging-outs, road trips and more. Why am I so loyal to these shoes? I certainly don’t wear them every day. They don’t coordinate with my entire wardrobe. I have plenty of other shoes that fit those qualities, so why this pair? Though I don’t wear these shoes frequently, I look forward to when I do wear them. I plan entire outfits around them (as I have done here). Just looking at them makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Therefore, I propose that the favorite shoe is the one that gives you and your feet the most joy. That shoe is the shoe that is uniquely and undeniably yours. It is the shoe you will still wear when all other shoes of its kind have lost their trendy appeal. This shoe will continue to remain in your closet until it disintegrates because it is so much a part of your style that to give it up would mean becoming entirely another person!
OK, my musings on shoes are over, so let’s get to the outfit that captures the spirit of the shoe. Summer layers are on top, with a lacy black N&C tank peeking out under a wild coral No Boundaries off the shoulder top, which lies under a lightweight woven black DKNY cardigan (a recent addition to my wardrobe). The jeans are just the perfect neighbors for these shoes: black and skinny, they have a body-conscious fit without feeling squeezed, and the belt loops offer an opportunity to add in a belt to personalize them with your style. the long bottoms are easily rolled up to show off the shoes.
Oh, I almost forgot. I wore this yesterday. Yay, we’re nearly current now!
P.S.: Payless, you would be at the top of many shoe-lovers’ lists if you teamed up with Converse and brought some of their shoes into your store. ;)