OK, so when did all Skate shoes become so errrr... Well... SHIT!
I've been wearing Vans (or more recently Nike 6.0's) since I was 15, I'm 32 now. I wear them day in day out, through pretty much all conditions, so they get some use. I just replace them when they wear out, which is usually every 18 months to 2 years. And now is replacement time... So went shopping...
EVERY shoe shop is full of what can only be described at best as unisex deck shoes from the likes of Vans, Nike, DC etc. Even 2 seasons, a dedicated Skate shop, they all look like they were designed for 16 year olds that haven't yet grown their first pube!
To make matters worse, I also need new jeans... EVERY shop that sells jeans, only seems to sell skinny jeans! OK, I know it's called "fashion" and fashions come and go, but for me baggy(ish) jeans and a decent pair of skate shoes are what I live in. They're part of what makes me me! Can't live without them... I've weathered a "fashion" storm before years ago when it was hard to get them then, but now, can't find them anywhere!
Heterosexual men of the UK, into decent skate shoes and non skinny jeans, help me out here! Where the hell do I need to go shopping these days...?
Or am I doomed to an androgynous future?