My Favorite Shoes Got a Makover

Cliches are something that as a writer, I have always despised, both on the page and in real life. Unfortunately  cliches wouldn’t be cliche if they weren’t so dreadfully hard to avoid. As a human, I have to succum to many of the cliches that define my gender, age, race and class. Some of these were phases, like in college I smoked, I wore pajamas to class and I was usually at the bar on a Thursday. Others I managed to avoided for years until one day I realized that I had become one of those women.

Case in point. I love shoes. LOVE THEM. I never cared about shoes at all in high school or college, but back then I had believed that the only shoes I could wear as a person with a disability were the boring sneakers I wore with everything and the annoying, painful dress shoes I wore for special occasions. A few years ago however I realized two things, the first was that many shoes I assumed were not possible, like flats, actually worked fine; and the second was that as the human race gets lazier about laces, more shoes are becoming accessible.

I have had a love affair with Converse shoes for many years. I love them, the colors, the style, the comfort. I own two pair. One in mint green and one with wheelchairs on them. (The latter of which I will never give up. EVER!) However I rarely wear these

shoes because the are so hard to get on without help.

Well imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that converse now makes shoes with zippers! You can even customize your own pair for under $100 dollars at the converse website. While I have not gotten a pair yet (they are now on my decidedly short Christmas list) The double zipped on the sides seems like it would make it pretty easy to get these on and off and the back zipper, I know works because I have had other shoes with this feature.

I guess the next question should be, when are you too old for Converse? Certainly this discovery allows me at least a few more years, right?


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