I guess by now it's been established that when it comes to clothes I am quite nostalgic: items I wear often remind me of times, places, memories. The item I am featuring today is a pair of Vans.
When I was a young teenager - probably aged about thirteen - I went shoe shopping with my mum, and for the first time ever I chose something that I liked rather than something that everybody else had. Prior to then I'd worn the white, sporty trainers that all the other girls wore, but this time I fell for a fat, black pair of skate shoes, with a single pink stripe scored down the side. I didn't even like pink but I was enamoured with them: I took them home and wore them solidly until they fell apart - very, very literally. That was my first pair of Vans, but they certainly wouldn't be my last.
Vans - Cloggs*
Browsing the Cloggs website (a true favourite of mine, I have always purchased my Dr Martens from Cloggs as they have great prices and incredibly fast free delivery) I stumbled across this pair of Vans. They're slightly slimmer than my first pair, with a white sole and rose accents, but that pink stripe paired with the black suede reminds me so much of my beloved, first skate shoes. I love how padded they are, it make them so sturdy and comfortable, something you don't regularly associate with pretty shoes.
As soon as these shoes arrived we seemed to be hit with beautiful weather that is yet to give way to cloud (I'm absolutely not complaining!) so I've not yet worn these aside from when dogwalking, and believe me when I say my girls will not let me stop for photos! Still, I'm already planning outfits that will please my inner 13-year old (I could not resist this Primark T-shirt, sorry not sorry!)
I think the reason I loved my Vans so much was because they were the first item I ever chose that I loved of my own accord, not influenced by anybody else, and as such they were one of my very first baby steps in my personal style journey. I remember feeling so nervous wearing them out for the first time because nobody I knew wore anything like that, but they made me feel amazing. Personal style's a funny thing, and most people I know have some pretty extreme phases before they find something true to themselves - for me it wasn't until I was about twenty that I really knew what I liked as an individual, what worked for me, and even now that's evolving. Some things I wore over the years I look at with revulsion and embarrassment, but some things stay firm favourites, meaning to this day I cannot resist a fat skate shoe...
Do you have items that made you feel nostalgic? Do you remember the first item of clothing that you really fell in love with?