Walk in our editor's shoes for a couple paragraphs
by John Shooby
I buy a lot of shoes. I think about buying even more. I subscribe to Hypebeast. I have no shame. I spent an entire week’s paycheck on one pair of shoes. What I’m getting at here is that I have an obsession. I look at shoes at least once a day. I set calendar reminders on my phone for the release dates of shoe collections. I have no idea how this started nor do I actually really care. I’m perfectly content to be fixated on buying shoes. I see nothing wrong with blowing through money to own more shoes than I could possibly wear in a month. Sometimes my roommate will ask me if I'm wearing new shoes and I'll just have to explain that I'm not I just haven't worn that particular pair in weeks because I have over twenty pairs here at Fordham.
Recently I’ve dived deep down into the Hypebeast rabbit hole and have come to the conclusion that I will never have enough money in my entire life to fulfill my desires. If you choose to pay close attention to the clothes I wear for whatever reason, you will likely come to the conclusion that I wear an extraordinary amount of clothes made by Vans. For the sake of full disclosure, it is just an absolutely absurd amount. I like Vans to an extent that you could easily come to the mistaken conclusion that they sponsor me. What I’m getting at here is that every time Vans announces a new collaboration my wallet and a part of my soul weep for the sake of my potentially devastated funds. I’ve been trying to work up the courage to buy a pair of Taka Hayashi designed Vans for weeks now. The shoes are beautiful but also absurdly expensive. Expensive to the point where I don’t quite feel like I’ll respect myself after I inevitably end up caving and buying them.
Shoes are a lifestyle and one that once you cave to it, it will ultimately consume an absurd amount of time during your life. One of my favorite ways to procrastinate is to go on the vans customization site and design shoes. I usually don't end even buying anything I just kind of enjoy considering my options. In a sense, I'm sort of window shopping except for the fact that I created the thing that I'm gawking over.
If you're wondering I don't think this is weird. My brother has been doing the same thing since high school and he still had enough money to buy himself a house. We will send each other links to shoes for evaluation. Personally, I like to think I'm the one with better taste, but my opinion is in no way objective.
I’m not sure what the ultimate purpose of this article is, but ultimately it probably was just a way for me to justify buying another pair of shoes. You see this time when I charge another pair of shoes to my account I can simply look at myself in the mirror and say don’t worry this time it was for journalism. So thanks for reading you’ve helped me to rationalize my addiction you beautiful soul.