My Adidas

I love wearing my old-school sneakers (aka trainers) around the city streets — not only are they comfy but they make me feel young again and even somewhat hip.   It’s pretty hard, however,  to “keep it real” when you are pushing around a shopping cart filled with Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies at Whole Foods.  As much as I do see moms (myself included) in the neighborhood sporting a pair of retro-kicks – I know full well that it just doesn’t really work. It’s kind of like seeing a grandmother in a pair of low-rise jeans or an infant in a tuxedo.  As I see it, Adidas, as adult footwear, “jumps the shark” once you hit age 25 and is no longer cool.

But on a child…forget it….game over. I love it when I see a little boy wearing a pair of Sambas or a newborn in an ironic pair of velcro Shells. Cracks me up every time. Zappos has a huge selection of Adidas and Puma’s kid’s shoes for boys and girls that are perfect for the summer.  I just got these unisex sneakers (pictured) for each of my girls. They have no idea why I like them so much but they dig the orange stripes and like that I get such intense joy out of them. There is a time and a place for everything and the old school sneaker ship sailed away from me long ago.  Time to pass the torch.



Comments (10)

Katie beaton
May 14, 2010

Love these but not sure I agree on passing the torch, I think with a plain t and a favorite pair of jeans you can rock your old school jeans till 65! I say being a mommy and having to push a buggie gives me a licence to sport the sneaker in style 🙂

May 14, 2010

My 18 month old wears adidas and I can’t believe how many compliments he receives on them! I also think they have great support, which is not usually the case w/ most ‘cute’ trainers.

May 14, 2010

Really? I cannot say that I agree at all about an age past which one should not wear retro-cool trainers. I’d say perhaps if you were talking about micro-mini skirts, but I actually just saw a fifty-something woman pull off a very short skirt at Cafe Marly next to the Louvre. She looked better than I ever did in my teens and in an elegant, not trashy way. I see loads of hipster trainers on parents and think that they look great. Much better, in fact, than I think baby trainers look on infants who cannot put any weight in their feet. Wear them with pride!

May 14, 2010

I wear trainers and I don’t feel as if I am wayyy too old for them…I am rocking my trainers as long as I can…As for my son (just turned 5), I just got him a pair of black and white adidas 2 days ago and I just think he looks so hip! I really do prefer sneakers on children starting from 3 though…

May 14, 2010

Seems I touched a nerve here! Look ladies – I wear my old-school kicks proudly and I love them. I wonder though if people look at me like “oh please lady….time to move on…”. The thought for this post came to me last week when I saw a woman who was literally 100 years old wearing a pair of “jeggings” with gladiator sandals. She actually looked great from behind but then when she turned around I thought whoa…not ok. It’s ok to rock the look but at some point it just doesn’t look right. maybe it’s just me.

May 15, 2010

well, if I did see you in your retro kicks, I’ll definitely say: Now that’s one cool mama!

May 15, 2010

What about Converse All-Stars?! I pretty much live in mine!!!

May 15, 2010

Me too, are All-Stars ok? With skinny jeans? (I’m 36!)

May 18, 2010

This must be the first post that I feel i disagree with on this blog. And from the other comments, I am glad to see that I am not the only mom (37 years old too), who likes her cool sneakers. Nothing like a cool pair of sneakers with boring jeans and a t-shirt to make you feel young and funky again. Or with a skirt (as long as it needs to be) and funky coloured tights. yes, i want to be that cool woman (who cares that i have a kid when they see my sneaks), who doesn’t change her clothing to fit the older traditional boring conservative look (on weekends at least). 🙂
Vive les baskets !!

May 19, 2010

Converse are deffo ok… if not I am doomed!

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