Nothing much, right? Pretty, sure, but plenty of people have pink chucks. Granted, these are customized because that's the only way I could get the color I wanted, but plenty of people got them before t was taken out of the mainstream.
This is me and my sorority little sister a bit over a year and a half ago. The swelling in my legs is so noticeable to me in the image that I can't even really look at it.
I had Chucks then, a pair of purple hi-tops I couldn't' get on, and had only been able to wear for a few weeks after my first excess skin removal surgery which had been effectively reversed by an ill-timed infection. My black low-tops didn't fit very well. I usually wore stretched out, falling apart sneakers.
I don't know why but the surgery this summer took. I barely have to use compression bandages, or anything, and my black Chucks have been my go to shoes, worn so much it's hard to believe three months ago they were a concept.
Today I wore a skirt, leather jacket and black Chucks. hi-tops.. I had the style I'd wanted to have for so long. I know clothes don't make you, but for me they're a way of expressing myself, and to be limited in my choices the way I was...it was hard. Trudging through the grass on the way to campus today, every time I looked down at my shoes it made me feel like a tiny miracle had happened, one only I really appreciated.
Tomorrow I'll be able to wear my new pink Chucks to lug library books around Cambridge, and they won't hurt. I won't pay the price later. Even now my heeled boots that hurt--no arch support whatsoever--don't cause permanent damage.
I can be the girl with cute sneakers, and it makes all the difference.
Now I just need red ones to replace these!
You will have shoes that cute again, kiddo.
Yes, okay, fine, those are Keds. I wasn't as styling as a four year old as I am now. Sue me.
PS. Don't you love how all my baby pictures involve me being a book freak? Those Berenstien Bear puppets are lined up to watch the Berenstien Bears with me.