See these beat up old kicks? These are mine and they’re one of the best purchases I ever made. The slip-on craze had climaxed and begun its decline when I got these from Aéropostale. At the time they were unlike anything I’d seen in the area. The plaid design wasn’t all bright and colorful like some of the Converses you’d see around, and the heightened flaps on the side with accent holes confused everyone (and I still hear to this day, “Where are the shoelaces?”). Since I bought mine I’ve noticed a couple of other companies selling shoes with similar designs and I have even bought a pair (Tretorn off of Zappos’) but the Tretorns were much cleaner and streamlined in design. These are my get up and go with almost everything shoes, and I only got them for $8! No one was buying them! Aéropostale doesn’t even sell them anymore… They also have more emotional value for me because on every major trip I’ve been on in the last 2 years (France [stayed in Caen, visited Paris], Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Boston) they have been with me whether by accident or design.
My heroes include Lady Gaga, Alexander McQueen, Marcia Tucker, Diana Vreeland, Dr. Sam Howell (my art history professor at FMU), Bill Cunningham, and many others. These people have helped to shape my ideas about style, art, and fashion; creating a mélange which draws upon every period, from antiquity to modern day pop culture. Here and now I will attempt to add my voice to all the others and in doing so I begin training my eye and mind to be more discerning and expressive on the subject of fashion as art and vice-versa art as fashion. Fashion is a way of living, therefore art is a way of life too.