I fucking love sneakers. As my girlfriend noted the other day, “You don’t get excited for anything like you get excited about sneakers.” And it’s true. The power that envelops me once I behold a shiny new pair is almost spiritual. A force of nature, of fulfillment, and of higher meaning. Plus, they come in so many colors.
The one problem I always run into is with size. I don’t like to buy “women’s” sneakers because, as a rule, they are only available in pink, purple, white and silver. If this weren’t pigeonholing enough, they usually have some frills or reflectors added to the edge of the sneaker, or a 3 inch rubber heel, just to reinforce the gender of the sneaker-owner. Because it is an awful feeling to not be able to tell the gender of a person by their sneaker frills. Am I right? Simply awful.
Anyway, to avoid these pink nightmares, I wear men’s sneakers. But since I wear a women’s size 8.5/men’s size 7, I am often unable to find shoes I dig in the size I need. Enter Adidas: the Brave Sneaker Knight, riding into my warm embrace. I love Adidas because their classic sneakers are A)retro cool, B) largely available on the net in sizes as low as 6, and C) often have their men’s shoes available in kids sizes, same colors and all.
My favorite Adidas line of late is the ZX 500 series. They come in a range of subdued colors, all with a hint of splash, and offer the perfect pairing for a casual shirt + jeans outfit. Sizes start at 6, but not to worry: the kids ZX shoes have similar colors in sizes 3.5-6. I’ve got two pair of these bad boys myself, and have been impressed by how well they’ve worked as an all-purpose sneaker. I wouldn’t go running in these, but they’ll do right by your for walking, lifting, and dappering around town. ‘Til next edition, Sneak Freak out!