“Some shoes basically beg to be written on,” I said to Jen one afternoon. She had rolled into lunch sans signature Dolce & Gabbana snakeskin flats, not just trumping them with 5-inch Margiela platforms, but with perfectly scrubby old Converse Chuck Taylor’s bearing the phrase, “I LOVE MEATBALLS,”–which was devilishly scribbled in Bic-blue ballpoint ink onto the rubber inside of the left foot arch. I continued: “I love that sentence: ‘I love meatballs.’ ‘Cause I totally love meatballs.”
“I bet you do,” she said. “You wrote that on my shoe.”
write right, you know. On both fronts. I do love meatballs (all kinds), and some shoes do indeed beg to be written on. Mark up those Cons, for chrissake. Scribble on all of your Keds. Scratch out the logo on Vans slip-ons. Write a thesis on those hippie-dippie Tom’s shoes. Dirty down a pair of new, too-white Marc Jacobs sneaks.
Most people who know how to write on shoes do it correctly. A tasteful anarchy symbol, for instance, may do the trick. “SONIC YOUTH” over the toes is also a cool gesture. And one can get pretty far just cranking out five-point stars.
Others take it too far (see the Kurt Cobain® kicks above–syndicated scribble is whack!).
And others–often celebs like HSM‘s Ashley Tisdale who are asked to muck up godawful shoes for charity–can really take it too far.
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