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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 Do you think they look outdated or still in style?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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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!

These boots are made for walkin’

To start off my blog I think it is only appropriate to begin with the latest shoe trend this season at Lipscomb University: riding boots. This Southern trend is popular because you can dress them down or dress them up. For example, many girls wear them with jeans or leggings around school for a comfortable and casual look. On the other hand, they can also be worn with skirts or dresses for a night out. Riding boots got their name because, well, that is what they are

Megan Stout, freshman at LU, sports her Target riding boots with a pair of skinny jeans.

modeled after. The typical horse riding boot turned fashionable by designers a couple years ago but recently have been a huge hit all around the South and even nationwide. The trend is great because they can be worn for a very low price or they can be made of nice leather from prestigious designers. Up and down the price scale, these boots are fashionable and timeless no matter what. Some great places to snag some inexpensive riding boots are Target, Payless, and Kohl’s, to name a few. However, if you are fortunate (or not a college student on a budget), you could check out designers such as Tory Burch or the Frye Company for some real quality leather. Whether your style is preppy or edgy, these boots come in all colors and styles to fit your personality. I strongly suggest investing in a pair because they can be worn year round, dressed up or dressed down!

My very own Steve Madden boots from DSW.


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