Fresh Kicks

Adidas Campus suede sneaker in grey

Adidas Campus

Adidas Campus suede sneaker in grey

Back in the day, I was a bit of a sneaker-head. Growing up near the beach in LA, surf and skate culture reigned king, with the local surf shop my shoe store of choice. Having small feet meant I could sport the latest skate shoe of the season in boy’s sizes, at half the price. Whoo!

In college, I found a favorite with the Puma classic suedes, and can’t even count how many pairs of classic black and whites I went through as I punished them with my daily skate board commute to class and weekend slog through keg parties. My suede Puma’s continued to carry me through my first few years working in biotech labs, where they were the perfect beat-up sneaker to survive bleach and liquid nitrogen spills. Tough little suckers!

How strange it is then that I haven’t worn a sneaker in at least five years…maybe more! Honestly, it’s been so long, I’ve forgotten. I resisted the siren song of the “fashion sneaker“, but seeing them everywhere has brought a sparkle back to my eye for my beloved suede classics.

So, this week I went back to my roots and picked up a new pair of fresh kicks. But to switch things up, I opted to forgo my usual Pumas for the suede Adidas Campus, boy’s sizes of course. That light grey and white palette just melts my heart!

Tip: count down 1.5 shoe sizes from your usual women’s shoe size to get your boy’s shoe size. I’m usually a women’s size 5, so counting 1.5 sizes down makes me a boy’s size 3.5.

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Blazer J.Crew (similar & similar)
Shirt Banana Republic (similar)
Jeans Zara
Shoes Adidas (at Zappos & Amazon (slightly different)) (more colors)
Handbag Proenza Schouler (classic version)
Watch Michael Kors (similar)
Belt Linea Pelle
Jewelry Downtown LA, vintage, Catbird, and Vrai & Oro

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