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Are Converse boots/ shoes acceptable for the over 30s?

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SuperBunny Fri 19-Jun-09 05:22:27

I want some. I have some money for them. But will I be mocked on my return to the UK? They are quite acceptable here but then so are fanny packs and white socks.

Do I get shoes or boots?

Black or more interesting?


foofi Fri 19-Jun-09 06:24:29

I have 2 pairs - black and navy blue, which I think are suitably understated colours for people my age. People have been known to express their shock and horror, which I have taken to mean I am never normally quite so fashionable. Either that or I'm turning into my children. wink

mrsmaidamess Fri 19-Jun-09 06:44:53

Shoes, and whatever colour you like.

foofi Fri 19-Jun-09 06:54:22

I've got one pair of shoes and one of boots and personally find the shoes more comfortable - plus they're a bit more summery. It's quite warm at the moment though and I'm mostly wearing these

SuperBunny Fri 19-Jun-09 07:02:40

Ooo thanks!

I can only get shoes so just need to decide black or grey or navy laceless ones (think I might be a little too old for those)

Fitflops look comfy but ever so slightly croclike

melmog Fri 19-Jun-09 07:08:37

I'm going to show dh this when he gets up. I want some colourful boots like I used to have in my twenties but he says I'm being ridiculous. I reckon if they're just poking out under jeans they'll be great.
Excellent. Right again!

squeaver Fri 19-Jun-09 07:50:53

Navy Converse Shoes are the Official MN Shoe with Jeans, dontcha know?

sarah293 Fri 19-Jun-09 07:52:20

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MrsMcCluskey Fri 19-Jun-09 08:04:45

I am past 30 (sob)
and live in converse - have a black pair and a white!

cocolepew Fri 19-Jun-09 08:07:25

I'm 40 and have white, black and navy shoes as well as a brown leather pair of boots. I'm hankering after a grey laceless pair.

giddykipper Fri 19-Jun-09 08:13:47

Oh squeaver you beat me to it!

uberalice Fri 19-Jun-09 08:15:25

Have a look at PF Flyers. They're like Converse, but not owned by Nike...

BecauseImWorthIt Fri 19-Jun-09 08:17:58

Where on earth does all this nonsense come from about being too old for things?

By asking the question aren't we perpetuating all this?

If you want to wear Converses, just do it.

cocolepew Fri 19-Jun-09 08:19:08

Just Do It lol

BecauseImWorthIt Fri 19-Jun-09 08:20:38

Exactly, coco. Just Do It!

sarah293 Fri 19-Jun-09 08:25:44

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shootfromthehip Fri 19-Jun-09 08:27:36

I love my raspberry pink converse (which IMO are the ONLY trainers that are ok with jeans - see 'Mumsy' thread LOL). I also wear them with a wee denim skirt and with baggy knee length shorts. <<and I'm 31- whispers>>

PersonalClown Fri 19-Jun-09 08:31:29

I couldn't care less!! I have currently about 8 pairs of low and hi tops in varying colours.
but then I do plan to grow old rather disgracefully!! wink
You want them? BUY THEM!!grin

BecauseImWorthIt Fri 19-Jun-09 08:33:33

There is a serious point in this, and in the mumsy thread though - why are we so judgey (and discriminatory) towards older women?

As a nearly-50, it's a bit of a sore point with me.

Why is age seen as such a negative thing?

BikeRunSki Fri 19-Jun-09 08:34:23

I got my first pair of Converse when I was 12 and have been wearing them ever since (not the actual same pair!). You are nver too old or young!

I am 38 and have red Converse shoes, white converse shoes and brown leather PF Flyers. Also a pair of similar sneakery shoes from Fat Face. When I was heavily pg last summer, the Converse were the only shoes that fit and gave me support.

All mine are shoes, I think the boots are a bit teenage. Maybe that is because I wore the boots as a teenager.

shootfromthehip Fri 19-Jun-09 08:41:09

The 'mumsy' thread mutated from a tongue in cheek bit of banter about carrying tissues and wearing cagoules into a touchy and sensitive thread about being comfortable in your own skin. I think you should wear what you like. I do and as I live in a rural village where everyone is constantly wearing cagoules and rucksacks i am a bit of an oddity with my kneehigh boots and skinny jeans. But who cares? I have my own standards about what I wear and about 'letting myself go' compared to the way I was pre- kids but I wouldn't seriously impose those standards on anyone else.

Wear your converse with pride no matter what age you are grin

HelloBeastie Fri 19-Jun-09 09:12:05

Riven - I'm afraid they're pretty rubbish at supporting the feet, and the sole doesn't have a lot of 'give' in it either.

Though they are comfortable, for my freakishly wide feet...

clemette Fri 19-Jun-09 09:28:06

I hope not, I have blue, brown and red ones and am in the latter half of my 30s. smile

Swedes Fri 19-Jun-09 09:34:17

Shoes. I have some v old green ones and I have just ordered some silver patent leather Converse. I'm 45.

Vamonos Fri 19-Jun-09 09:49:19

Riven - PF Flyers are more supportive I think (PF stands for Posture Foundation) - they have a thickish shaped sole unlike Converses.

TK Maxx sometimes have a discounted selection. I think full price is around £40-£50, but I bought all mine for £15 a pair.

PF Flyers

A retailer

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