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Throwback Thursday: An Ode to Purple Shoes

Isn’t it funny how some things come full circle in life?


When I was in High School I had a pair of purple Converse shoes. [They were the hightop version — not like those shown above.] I wore them everyday for damn near an entire school year for several reasons — none of which were comfort.

  • Purple shoes were one of the few ways I could wear my creative soul.
  • They seemed hip and grunge all at the same time. (Not that grunge was popular at that time — but as I look back now it’s the style I wanted to adopt. A bit ahead of it’s time)
  • We can’t forget or deny the Rick Springfield reference. (Maybe this should be number 1)
  • Always being a bit of rebel …those shoes seemed to annoy some people, and I got a charge out of doing that.

Today, when I go to buy my everyday shoes, I have to look at things that are more important that style and my creative soul. I have to worry about the aches and pains that develop if I don’t have a good, sturdy shoe. Hip pain, back pain, foot pain — some of which, I’m sure, I can tie back to those awful Converse shoes. They had absolutely no support!

Recently, I was cruising the New Balance isle of my local shoe store, thrilled that I had come in on a day where you could buy one pair, and get a second for half price.  My first choice was what I thought would be a very good everyday shoe that would give me all the support I needed.


These seemed perfect!

  • Sturdy
  • Tons of support.
  • Neutral white, I could wear them daily, with any casual outfit.

And then these caught my eye!

fav. purple


  • Cute!
  • Retro!
  • Half-off

I could buy them, where them when the matcher or appropriate. They’d be a fun alternative to the plain-Jane, everyday, white shoes.

Only it didn’t exactly work out that way.

The shoes I was positive would be perfect for daily wear, hurt my feet in ways I thought weren’t even possible. Worse than I imagine those old purple Converse would today. As much as I tried to make them my everyday shoe, I would wither in pain as I pulled them off, often only after a few hours.

The purple beauties on the other hand, are without a doubt, the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. They have been upgraded to daily wear, even when not completely appropriate to the color scheme. (But, I’m a writer, remember. A creative soul. Color schemes be damn!)

Sort of makes me feel like that High School girl again!

**In the interest of full disclosure, it should be stated that the author of this article owns two pair of retro Converse high-tops. One in bright pink and another in paisley pink. If a reader know where the author can find a pair of purple ones to replace that beloved high school pair, she would be forever grateful!


Constance Phillips

Wife, mother, and author, Constance Phillips spends most of her time in a fantasy land of her own creating. When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for their four pups.

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