A sneakerhead is born

I've always owned a pair of classic black & white Converse Chuck Taylors. They were my signature look until a few years ago when they fell out of constant rotation. They just didn't quite look right with most of my outfits. Oxfords, refined flat boots, and the like took their place.

But, comfortable shoes are great. And the thing is, I'm really a casual person, just not sporty. I needed sneakers that fit my minimalist aesthetic and had a bit of edge. And I ended up with not one, not two, but four new pairs of sneakers. I can see how people fall into the rabbit hole of sneaker collabs... there's always some new limited edition.

I'm wearing all of these happily but I really need to stop here and NO MORE SHOES until these are worn into the ground. After my moth incident, I tidied up my "closet" (aka half my bedroom) and bought an Ikea shoe rack to contain the shoe situation. With the rack and the white shoe-filing cabinet, I have just enough space for my current collection -- and no more.

1. Puma x En Noir Clyde in nubuck. So comfy. These have become my go-to shoes for travel. A little more casual than my usual. My boyfriend liked them so much that he bought his own pair.

2. Puma x Stampd Clyde in perforated leather. Uh. I know I don't need two pairs of Pumas but these are all I've ever wanted in a minimalist sneaker. They're more refined than the other pair, with unlined leather and a pared-down look.

3. Converse Modern Lux. They were stupidly expensive for Converse, but the minimalist touches really called out to me. And they're perfect with all my new cropped wide-leg jeans. Unfortunately they're a little narrow, but I cut the tags and wore them today with no real discomfort. (While creating the Find for this post, I discovered the price had dropped from $140 to $70, and I got a price adjustment from Nike!!)

4. Atelje71 Emerald. These were probably a mistake, bought from Gilt a few months back. I like the retro 90s style but they're too big (I was between sizes) and my heel slides up and down. They don't work with cropped jeans the way I was hoping, but they're cool with skinnies or boyfriend jeans.

No more sneakers allowed. (But if any of you are looking, the Puma Stampd shoes also came in a dusty rose that might still be available in some stores, as well as white-ish and light grey that you can still get at Puma. Sizes are men's/unisex.)

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  • replied 6 years ago

    Oh that's too bad that 4. are too big. They look very arty and are a real statement.
    The other ones don't stand out as much and look very practical.
    You've got a nice storage solution!

  • replied 6 years ago

    What??  No new sneakers to match your new pink glasses?  I'm shocked!

    Just kidding -- you have some good ones that should work fine.

  • Emily K replied 6 years ago

    Great shoes--they all reflect careful consideration.  Those Converse are really fab--I've never seen any like them.

  • Bijou replied 6 years ago

    Well done on stopping yourself from falling down the rabbit hole. I usually only come to that realisation after the event. These are so great for your style.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    I vote pink sneakers too. High five, Xtabay. And pass on the sneakers that are too big. 

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Interesting clothing arrangement. Don't you have a closet? 

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    I promise to at least consider pink sneakers. The pink version of the Pumas is in this Find but I think sold out in women's sizes.

    Because the Atelje sneakers fit my custom orthotics (only 2 of my shoes do) I think I'll hold onto them for now and see if thicker socks or a foam thing inside the ankle helps. But I'll keep a critical eye on how much I wear them and pass them on if needed.

    No closet. It's 1890-1900ish and this room - originally the formal parlor - has no closet. The guest room does, but that room barely gets any heat and the unheated closet has a mildew problem. My guy's clothes are in the hall closet just next to the bedroom. I love this solution to be honest. It keeps me much tidier because everything is on display and with plenty of space. Nothing gets lost in the far reaches of a closet. Only downside is that dust settles on the shoulders of things.

  • Emily K replied 6 years ago

    You didn't ask, but....I save clear dry-cleaning bags and use them to keep all my lesser-worn clothing covered and safe from dust.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Agreed. And clothing stored this way can look decorative. Get the pink sneaks! 

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    That is an orderly fashion as art installation!  I'm surprised you had a moth problem, given the open style of your "closet!"

    Love your solution to the sneaker dilemma.  I need to find one for myself.  I'm not sporty either, but run a bit more dressy.  

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