I remember that at some point during my childhood there was a real craze for slip on shoes, or loafers as they are perhaps more correctly called. Â All the kids at school were wearing them with their white terry towelling socks and I wanted a pair too, for several reasons.
Firstly, they were easy to keep clean. Â Shining your slip ons was simple, just apply polish, rub it in and buff, without having shoe laces keep getting in the way. Â The tongues on my lace up shoes always ended up looking worn out because I couldn’t be bothered to remove the laces to clean them.
Sticking with the laziness motif, they were also easy to put on and take off. Â Slip on, slip off (asÂ Mr. MiyagiÂ might say). Â Laced shoes were more bothersome. Â All that tying of bows was just too much hassle, plus you sometimes end up with a knot that you have to pick undone to get the shoe off.
Of course the real reason any kid wants anything is peer pressure. Â I didn’t want to stand out with my normal lace up shoes. Â In the end I never did get a pair, Mum always said something about my feet being the wrong width or some such excuse, but that was OK. Â Not having a pair of slip ons paled into insignificance when the “what brand of trainers are you wearing?” question was asked…