My sister Baby had been waiting for me to write about my man shoes. She knew the story, but wanted to savor the details a bit at leisure. When she finally got to read it on Thursday she quickly followed up on Gmail’s instant messenger:
Baby: did you continue to wear them after that?
me: Honestly I had no other shoes! Of course I did.
Baby: KATHY!!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH! oh my gosh I would have gone to school barefoot before I was caught dead in the same shoes as my teacher. again. now THAT is confidence. This is going to make me smile all day long.
Baby: One time a boy told me my boots looked like pirate boots and i never wore them again. mostly cause I agreed that the way i was wearing them did have a pirate vibe. I found another way to wear them and proceeded to do so after I moved.
me: Hahaha…pirate boots? See I would have just kept wearing them and tried to dodge that guy ever again.
Baby: i mean, how did it not come up EVERY day? there you are in your man shoes… again…I would have been mortified…scarred. I’d have a hard time buying shoes alone ever again or maybe just make the mental note to stay out of the men’s section. issue averted.
me: My next shoes after that were Timberland knock offs from Volume. I specifically remember walking with Emily and Jill and Jill talking about ghetto people wearing Timberland knock offs. And yet there I was. Still kept wearing them. They also went on and on about the hideous navy blue/black combo. A BIG fashion no no…As I sat there in my black hoodie and navy blue sweats. I feel like I was thinking “I wonder why people hate those colors together…I mean the way I’M wearing them is probably fine…”
me: Teresa used to talk about how she’d rather die than wear tapered sweat pants to school and yet there I’d be in tapered sweat pants. Just chillin. She’d be like “Kathy you totally get away with it…I just…can’t” Nary a red flag raised.
Baby: trying so hard not to laugh out loud at work…
We’re just lucky that dressing in boy clothes was kind of the ‘style’ in the 90’s. I guess I hit that trend out of the park…which is exactly why I drag my feet with the current trends. Skinny jeans?
Don’t make me.
What was a fashion trend you have loved or hated?