Choosing speed over style – my Rocket Dog plimsolls

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 10th January 2012

“My wellies and I seldom part company, to the deep embarrassment of my daughter.” The moment I read these words in a delightful new blog called Charwood Farm (the tale of a family who’ve swapped life in London for a leaky caravan and a three-acre field in Devon), they struck a chord with me. Why? Because for the last six months I’ve worn the sparkly black Rocket Dog plimsolls I bought for £5 at TK Maxx virtually everyday.

After years of tottering about in high heels and wedges I’ve suddenly discovered the bliss of wearing flat shoes. I’d even go so far as to say they’ve transformed my life. I can whizz down the steps to the tube at Marylebone Station, instead of gingerly feeling my way at a snail’s pace, and I can keep up with my long-legged son when we walk into Oxford (well, I have to do an ungainly sort of half-run, half-walk, but it’s fine).

The only trouble is that after a lifetime of heels I worry that I’m choosing speed over style. My ultra-glam mother would have been horrified. She always wore sky-high heels to the office, although admittedly she drove her car in bare feet and never wore shoes when she walked round the garden in Dorset. “The soles of my feet are like cast iron,” she used to tell my children as they wandered round the wood picking up fir cones together. “Wow,” they said, taking her words completely literally.

Actually, I think my daughter has inherited the high heel gene. Even though she spends most of her time in biker boots and pumps, she’s got an impressive collection of teetering heels. When she got her first Saturday job in a shop she coolly blew the whole of her first month’s pay cheque on a pair of blue velvet Vivienne Westwood shoes with tiny gold crowns on the sides. She wore them devotedly till they fell to bits and even now reckons it was the best money she’s ever spent.

4 comments so far

  • I love your plimsolls, Emma – they look so comfortable. And stylish, too! Sparkles and black is an unbeatable combination.

    I wear plimsolls around the house all the time, which are – alas – the antithesis of stylish. They were chosen for something about them that can’t even be seen – yes, a bit loco, even for me! I chose them for their sole, which is virtually white.

    You’ve no idea how hard it it to find trainers/plimsolls that don’t have colour – usually a dark colour – on the sole. The colour of my shoe soles was coming off on the slightly rough, pale coloured ceramic tiles of my bathroom floor…

    … so, faced with the choice of wielding a Vileda between visits from the cleaner or wearing less than stylish plimsolls – no contest!

    Liz X

  • Thanks so much for your comment, Liz. Maybe we should invent a trainer/plimsoll with a special sole that cleans the floor as you walk!!!!

  • Hi Anonymous. My daughter agrees that spending her earnings on Vivienne Westwood shoes was a great idea. She never regretted it for a second!

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