I am quickly realizing that I am too old to pull off some of the most popular shoe releases. Once upon a time I didn't care how crazy or what colors a pair of shoes came in because fuck it, I would make it work no matter what. Now I look in the mirror and ask myself, "What the hell am I thinking?". At what age should I stop falling for the hype?
My favorite shoe of all time is a pair of Bred 1's. I buy a few pairs every time they rerelease. I then proceed to wear them into the ground. Nothing looks better than a beat pair of Breds... other than a fresh pair. That shoe can be dressed up or down and still look good. I thought the same thing would be okay with an Off-White Jordan 1 and I was sorely mistaken. It looked like I was trying too hard. I know I am only 2 posts in on the Rosewood Blog and I've talked shit about Off-White in both but maybe I'm just not cool enough to pull something like that off anymore. My life consists of Vans, Jordan 1's and various running shoes because I am mainly about function or comfort over flash. I wanted to voice my opinion on what pairs of shoes look best with a certain age group over this platform rather than bitching to my employees who are all 15 years younger then me. Before I start, I know there are some people that can pull off whatever look they want it will be fine. Perfect example is Pharrell. Dude was born in 1945 and looks great in all those Human Races. For the people who aren't a vampire like Pharrell here are my suggestions of shoes to wear for each age group.
16 & Under:
No one cares what your wear besides the other kids in your classes so wear whatever you want and stunt on those other dweebs. What you wear now will affect your sense of style when you get older. I had to wear a uniform from Kindergarten through all of high school so shoes were the only way I could show my personal style. No wonder I ended up owning a shoe store. My suggestions is wear whatever you can get your parents to spend on you. Push their limits!
17 to 24:
These are the college years. I know some of you are like "24? I'll have a job and have long graduated by then". Wrong. Some of you will party a little much or take a year off to "find yourself". Perfect shoes for these years are Air Force 1, Dunks, Vans Old Skool and Converse All-Stars if you're just your average college student. They're all relatively affordable and you can buy any color and if you beat them up they'll still look fine. If you have a little bit of money from mom and dad or you have a part time job then you can probably afford some nicer items like some Concords or some other GR's. If you're balling out this age more power to you if you can afford all the quick strikes and shit like that. I would probably wear something like the Wotherspoons or Cactus Jack 4 if I was this age and could afford anything I wanted because when you get a little older it looks weird when you wear colorful shoes.
25 to 30:
This is the time to get a spending problem and get that little bit of credit card debt. At this age you're trying to set yourself apart from the rest. This is when you have to decide if you're going to go full sneakerhead. Are you going to wake up at 7 am for that release? Are you going to buy resale? Are you going to buy a bot? (eye roll, fuck you guys) I feel like this age is more about the hype and newest release than any other age group. They finally have enough money to buy what they want and they want EVERYTHING. On a Saturday morning go to Bait or Blends the day of big release and you'll see a bunch of dudes the same age dressed relatively the same waiting for their number to be called. I'd suggest any Yeezys, Off-White Collabs, Air Max 1, 90, 97 and 98's, Jordan's 1-5, 11 and most hard to find releases. Like Drake said ,"You only live once". (I know that's corny but fuck it, so is the guy that said it)
30 and Over:
So this is my age group and this is when you look for pairs that look good, subdued and maybe a little classier. You're going out more. You might have a family or are planning for one. You have to wear shoes you like that are comfortable and gets the approval of your significant other if you have one. If the opposite sex doesn't approve of your shoes then why even wear them. I'd rather have a girl come tell me they like my shoes at a bar rather than a group of dudes. My personal favorites right now are Blazers, Jordan 1's, React 87's, Flyknit Racers, Sacai Waffles and Blends Vans Old Skools Comfort Cush or whatever they're called. I also really like the Gym Standard Vans that came out a year or so ago. I haven't brought myself to wear them yet but I love the look of them. If you're in this age group and you want to test yourself on what pairs you can pull off? Think of a version of you 10 years older dressed the same as you are now, wearing the shoes that you want to try out. Got it? Do they look good? If they look too old to pull it off neither can you. The generation younger than you will group you with that older group you just imagined. I am 33 years old and if I picture a 43 year old me wearing what I usually wear with a pair of say Purple Lobsters I know that looks dumb and I shouldn't wear it. Thanks future me!
After your 50's wear whatever you want. You've earned it!