SNEAKERS Vs Heels

Guys, something strange is going on. I used to be a die hard Jehovah-witness evangelist that preached about wearing heels, but now I’m finding myself more and more often with flats on my feet. It all began last winter while I was in Vietnam. I bought a pair of Vans for a few euro on some market somewhere (very genuine) and I loved them.  “Yes” Jet said, “They make your feet look smaller. You should never wear All Stars though”. And she’s right, because All Stars make your feet look bigger, which is an awful idea when you wear size 41 like me. I noticed this once and it only strengthened my aversion to sneakers even further.

I actually started wearing heels, once long ago, because I couldn’t stand my huge feet. Your feet look smaller in heels and so my lot in life was sealed: Thy Shalt Wear Heels. But fair is fair, flat shoes are comfortable and Vans don’t make my feet into sail boats, and so the first cracks in my belief are starting to show.

I used to be a die hard Jehovah-witness evangelist that preached about wearing heels, but now I’m finding myself more and more often with flats on my feet.

A few months after Vietnam, I ran into a pair of Vans online with cats on them. WITH CATS! I ask you! Within three seconds flat, I had ordered them and I love them. Not too much later, I got a third pair, all white canvas Vans. They remind me a little of the ridiculously popular Stan Smiths, but then with a visually minimising effect.

Since then I’ve caught myself looking more often at sneakers in shop windows, checking out the online Vans store regularly and even starting to understand Nikes a little more. I mean, I would never actually wear them, they’re just not my thing, but who knows, maybe I’ll be singing a different song in a year. Anyway, I’m not alone. CHANEL has also been sneaker-evangelising in their last few collections and even sent flat shoes down the runway a couple of times.

Heels will always be my favourites, but, and I never thought this would ever happen, I’ve become less rigid about it. Fallen from my belief, become crazy, admit it; hallo my name is Liesbeth and I sometimes wear Vans. Where in the world will this lead!