MINI CONVERSE COLLECTION

 

Ever since I was 12, I always wanted a pair of black Hi-Top Converse. It seemed like there was nothing else in this world that was more important to me than owning a pair. I used to dream of wearing them to school on non-uniform day with a pair of blue jeans and a hoodie, finally able to look just as cool as all the other kids. I would take trips with my friends to the shops out of town and gaze longingly at them in the store window in all their £60 glory. Everyone else had them, even some of the mums. Pink ones, green ones, gold ones, patterned ones. Trainers, low-rides, thick soled, scuffed at the heel. Kids would splurge on two pairs at a time with their birthday money, striding around at weekends showing off their new kicks and posting at least 6 photos on Instagram. I wanted a pair of my own so badly. But £60 is a lot of money for a kid to spend on just one pair of sneakers.

MUSTARD YELLOW

It was August last year that I finally got my hands on a pair. At aged 18, I’d managed to achieve a childhood ambition. It happened in Florida, on a long-awaited family holiday, at a discount village off of one of the main highways. Unbelievably, on top of all the other offers, that day the store had a buy two and get an extra 25% off. It was a dream come true. I found a super snazzy pair in my favourite colour and one of my favourite styles. For the entire month of August and the beginning of September, these were the only shoes I would wear.

What caught my eye was the colour. I fell in love with mustard yellow after seeing a Joules raincoat, and started buying loads of items in that colour whenever I saw it. I tend these shoes with blue skinny jeans and a white long sleeved tee and oversized cardigan in the winter, or a patterned short sleeved t-shirt with cropped jeans in the summer. They are also really comfortable and have a spongey innersole, which means they are perfect to take on holidays or days out when you know that you will be walking around a lot and need supportive shoes.

PINK METALLIC

The next pair I spotted online when I was buying my boyfriend a pair for Christmas (oops). They were in the sale, and I also found an extra coupon code for 10% off which meant that I had to have them. The unique distressed yet metallic look drew me too them, as well as the beautiful pink and copper blended colour. I knew I would get a lot of wear out of them, because they would look good with blue and grey skinny jeans, as well as skirts and tights. I like to wear these more casually, with a long sleeved top tucked into skinny jeans for a preppy vibe, or with a patterned dress in warmer weather to clash colour and texture. I think stripes look really cool with these shoes.

SILVER SEQUIN

This final pair was actually bought for me by my lovely boyfriend for Christmas. They are so snazzy and so me. I absolutely adore glitter and sparkly things, and I love to wear these to dress up a boring outfit. I also wear them out to dinners or dates if I don’t fancy wearing heels, because they can work as a more casual alternative to the classic going out shoe style. As they are quite a statement piece, I like to wear them with a black skirt and black tights and a knitted baggy sweater, or with a black swing dress, tights and matching glitter bag when I am wanting to smarten up.

I think that Converse are really versatile and wearable, as well as comfy and practical. Although I am yet to get the signature black hi-tops, I am hopeful that my Converse collection well continue to grow to more styles and colours. Who knows which pair is next… (I want more glitter).

 

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