Well I thought it was just girls who had an unhealthy obsession with shoes, handbags and cake, but it seems I was mistaken! I was sauntering through Nottingham city centre earlier today in an area known as Trinity Square. Here there is a big new student accommodation complex and I couldn’t help but notice there appears to be a new breed of young men circling the area. They’ve done away with the skinny jeans, big hair has had it’s day, it is now all about the shoes. And as my grandma god rest her soul used to say, you can tell a lot about a man from his shoes. Well grandma, get your dentures round this bunch!
The first guy I clocked stepping out from his student accommodation was rocking the old school converse. Not so long ago any self respecting student would have purchased a shiny new pair of converse allstars on the first day of term and quite happily have worn them for the duration. Be it 3 years, 5 years or the rest of their lives. Converse however, were only truly cool when the soles were flapping, the laces were in a permanent knot and the original colour was completely undetectable. These kind of students do still exist, but they are few and far between as new trends creep in and steal the converse crown. students these days are far more into style and fashion than those of yesteryear and living the look is everything.
Guy number two. Sandals!! Ok the weather is fine but it ain’t exactly baking and in my opinion men should only wear sandals in extreme heat or on holiday far from home. I could see his hairy toes...yuck!! I mean he could have shaved right?? Or is that even more cringey? I guess it takes a fair amount of confidence for a bloke to wear sandals so credit where credits due but i’m sorry, they do nothing for me.
Now students love to plead poverty, and one thing I do know is that student accommodation in Nottingham, particularly these fancy new apartments with all mod cons do not come cheap. So can someone explain to me how they can afford to walk around in a pair of top of the range designer brogues like guy number three? You can get them shiny or matt, leather or suede but his were leopard print for heavens sake! I am sure you couldn’t land a pair of hose beauties for less than eighty quid at least. As for the guy who was wearing them, well he checked his reflection in every shop window he passed, enough said.
I saw chilled out loafers on a studious looking chap. Retro style baseball boots on an 80’s throwback, and most confusing of all a guy with no shoes on at all! Honestly, he walked straight out of the door of the student property in Nottingham and off he trotted up the high street as if it was the most normal thing ever...fully dressed but with no shoes, no socks nothing at all on his feet. I doubt anyone else noticed, just me with my sudden interest in mens footwear.
In conclusion I have confirmed that Grandma was right, you really can tell a lot about a man from the shoes on his feet.