Campus Fashion, Fads and Faux Pas

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Converse are the topic of conversation at LU

Converse shoes have been around for more than 100 years and are just as popular today as they were in the past. At Lipscomb University, you will see students wearing Converse tennis shoes during every season and sporting all colors. This shoe company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, but it was not until 1915 that the company began to produce shoes for athletics. Converse’s claim to fame came two years later when the All-Star basketball shoe was introduced. For years, Converse were the most popular athletic shoe, but when the 70’s came around it lost many customers to Nike, Adidas and Puma. Converse found itself no longer the official shoe of the NBA, and its success quickly began to decline.

In 2001, Converse filed bankruptcy but was saved by a new team of businessmen who drove Converse from the 16th largest shoe company to No. 7 in less than two years. This, however, lead to a buyout from Nike which Converse spread worldwide. Converse shoes come in all colors and styles nowadays, but at first the only model was the black high-tops with white laces. In 1966, it began to manufacture others colors due to pressure from basketball teams. Thankfully, today the shoes come in a wide range of colors to fit anyone’s personality and style. It is amazing to me how Converse shoes have been around for so long, but have yet to go out of style. They are inexpensive, priced at anywhere from $30-50, and they last for years. 

I own only one pair, which are black and low-tops, but I have had them since high school and absolutely love them.They are

High-tops

durable, comfortable and lightweight, which is great for walking around campus. Students here at Lipscomb, girls and guys alike, sport these signature shoes all year long. I see a lot of girls wearing them with yoga pants, leggings and jeans or jean shorts. Guys, on the other hand, usually wear them with any type of shorts, jeans or even sweat pants. The great thing about Converse is that they are not as “bulky” looking as normal tennis shoes, so they look better with slightly nicer clothes but are still comfortable. Although today people do not wear these shoes to play sports, they are still very popular and I have a feeling they will always be in style. Do you think they look outdated or still in style? Vote and give your opinion!

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What is all the chaos with Chacos?

Just recently I featured TOMS as a campus fad at Lipscomb University. This week, another shoe is becoming popular especially as the weather gets warmer: Chaco sandals. Many may consider these shoes a faux pas, but proud wearers of them will say otherwise. “Chacos are so comfortable and the style is laid-back, which I love,” says LU freshman and shoe fanatic Allison Brown. “They bring out my inner-hippie.” These shoes are great for people who are active because they are durable and supportive for your feet. Also, they are good for hiking, mission trips and outdoor activities because they are waterproof.

Tanlines from Chacos

Basically, they have the support of  tennis shoes but much more lightweight and breezy, so they are great for hot weather. Chaco sandals come in many different styles and colors. They even make boots and tennis shoes as well, and the price ranges anywhere from about $80 to $110. However, those that are not fans of these shoes usually are not shy to admit it. “I think it looks like people are about to walk across the Saharan Desert when they wear those,” says Lipscomb student Brittany Rupple. Personally, these shoes remind me of something that my dad used to wear to the water park, but there is no changing the minds of the faithful Chaco customers. In fact, there is a name for these people: “chaconians.” According to the Chaco website, a chaconian is a person who “pounds pavement, trails, and waves. They teach, reach, and reform. They’re people who trust Chacos.” The many “chaconians” here at Lipscomb wear their sandals with pride during all seasons, but when the weather gets warmer the number drastically increases. Chacos can be worn with about any outfit, as long as it is somewhat casual. In my opinion it would be a definite fashion faux pas to wear a pair of these with a cocktail dress. Many people on campus are seen wearing them with athletic shorts and T-shirts or even jeans. Whatever your style may be, Chacos are the new fad without a doubt. You don’t have to be a nature-lover or an outdoorsman in order to pull these off; Just take a look around Lipscomb University and you will see that anyone can wear them!  

Helping others is always in style!

A new fad has made way across Nashville, Tenn., and particularly the Lipscomb campus: TOMS Shoes. Now, these shoes have been around since 2006 but really became popular over the past couple of years with all ages, genders and fashion styles. Blake Mycoskie, a young American traveler, began this movement when he visited Argentina and realized that the children there did not have any shoes. Mycoskie felt as if he needed to do something about it so he started the shoe company TOMS. The neat part about this company is that for every pair of shoes customers buy, a pair is given to a child in need. This is what Mycoskie calls his “one for one” deal. In just the first year, he was able to 

Children in need receive their first pair of TOMS

return to Argentina with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers. I asked my friend Allison why she loves her Toms and she said, “They are comfortable, easy to slip on, and you can wear them with just about any outfit year-round.” Allison owns the brown burlap, black glitter, and black ones with white writing all in the original style. There are many styles of the shoe now, but in the beginning there was just one simple style which happens to be the one I see the most around campus (typically in the 40-60 dollar price range). This style can be worn with anything from jeans or slacks, leggings, and even casual dresses. Both men and women seem to love the simple style and laid-back feel of TOMS. The new styles include wedges, boots, ballet flats and even more. There are even pictures of couples in their TOMS on their wedding day! However, not everyone is a fan of the look of the shoes. If you are one of these people, but still want to help out, there are other ways to do so! TOMS is getting bigger and expanding its market with scarves, hats and even sunglasses. As far as the sunglasses go, if you buy one pair, eyesight will be given to someone in need. This may sound crazy, but with the purchase of the sunglasses, either medical treatment, eyeglasses or sight-saving surgery will be given to someone who cannot afford it. The glasses are in about the $135 range but are great quality, and giving someone else the gift of vision is truly priceless. So just remember: whatever your fashion sense is, helping others is always in style!

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