S is for sneakers. A more aptly name shoe I can't think of. These rubber soled babies don't make a noise when you walk across a floor. Unless you were one of those kids who liked to scuff your feet across the freshly polished gym floor. Which made a hideous squeezing sound and usually got you a demerit or at the very least a snarling look from the gym tyrant - I mean teacher.
Converse, PF Flyers, hi tops, whatever you called them, these canvas and rubber shoes were a staple of every young boys wardrobe. I remember them on Dennis the Menace. Those little sneakers helped him slip past the snoozing Mr. Wilson every time! They looked just like these 1950's black hi tops.
Over the years, hi tops started coming in different colors, beside the pre-requisite black or white.
Suddenly, geeky little boy sneakers became cool. So much so, that they started to appear on the feet of girls too!
In the 1980's my son had red hi tops, yellow hi tops, checkerboard hi tops, peace sign hi tops - but he didn't have black ones or white ones.
In the 90's my daughter started wearing them too. She had pink, she had red, she had yellow, she had polka dots - but no black or white ones.
Now, as we move through the new century -2000's - son no longe wears the high tops. He says they don't look too good in size 13!
Daughter though, she has plaid ones, peace signs, red ones, white, black and graffitti pair. She says anything looks good in size 3!
I never wore hi top sneakers. In fact I hardly ever wear them. I empathize with my son on that score. Size 10 hi tops (especially big honking white ones) are not a good look on some feet (mine!!)
But, as you can see from the photos the shoe seems to be a survivor. It comes back into every decade, new colors, wider laces but still essentially the same sweet kicks everyone knows and loves.
So, today's letter S is for hi top canvas sneakers - a style of footwear that lends truth to the old sayings -
Everything old is new again.
Wait long enough and everything comes back in style.
Trends come and go, but classics are forever.
Did you wear hi tops when you were a kid?
1950's hi tops
1960's hi tops
1970's hi tops
1990's hi tops
2000's hi tops