Converse vs. Vans

For as long as I’ve been interested in shoes, I have always been a loyal vans girl. Starting with chunky skater shoes that have enough cushioning to sleep on, I’ve moved on in style and need to go through pairs of the now standard and now widely worn canvas plimsoles. I currently have three pairs of Vans: burgundy and a blue denim look pair, but my favourite pair, which I bought myself for my birthday after seeing them in the ASOS Magazine, are the Sk8-Hi Trainers which are like Vans versions of hi tops. They go with anything and everything and grunge up a skater dress perfectly for me! Last year was a turning point in my vans career – Newcastle means a lot of walking, and these shoes have such a thick sole that they are the comfiest things to walk in (or shop in) for days on end. I’m currently sporting my burgundy pair almost every day at work because of the walk to the overground, which is a little unsuited to ballet flats. Screen shot 2013-06-20 at 23.16.16 Screen shot 2013-06-20 at 23.18.08

However, while searching for the perfect pair of cut out boots (I know, in summer), I came across Converse two folds. Now for me, Converse have always been for emos and make people feet look strangely flat and clown like. However, I’ve become more and more accepting of the converse trend, particularly the low ones – I still don’t like the hi top versions! – and white converse are a much better alternative to the white summer pump trend that crossed my sixth form. I have yet to try on a pair to feel for comfort, but I am definitely considering purchasing a pair of the two fold variety. Unfortunately it will set me back £50 with student discount, so I might have to wait a while. Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean I’ll be betraying my Vans roots – I still love them and they’re still my favourites – especially the hi tops!
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