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My eyes usually stray and my purse strings loosen the minute something a little unusual enters my vision when I'm out shopping. In March this year, I was shopping in Bank Fashion when I caught sight of the Converse All Star Hi adorned with a picture of none other than the legendary Debbie Harry! There were flashes of pink (my favourite colour!) and I think it was these which dazzled me and I picked up a pair and, zombie-like, strolled to the cash desk, handed over the cash and walked out the shop with my new purchase.
The sneakers are hi tops, so a little over the ankle in height. They come with pink laces, but a white set are supplied too - pretty cool as I like to wear alternatives depending on my mood! Plus these beauties are Unisex, so if you're a guy, the white laces could be preferable to tone down the pink! There are 7 sets of eyelets to the top. They have white soles and tips, plus the 'relief' of Debbie Harry is in white - she's wearing a Zebra print swimsuit in the iconic image. The BLONDIE logo is splayed across the sole in big, vibrant pink, caps lettering and makes no mistake that these trainers pay tribute to one of my biggest idols. Internally, a zebra print lines the shoe - perfect in continuing the black and white iconic theme.
On the inside of the ankle, there is the beautiful round Converse logo which I love. It adds something special to them!
The Converse All Star Hi are quite comfortable - though through my impulse buy, I had to exchange them as I didn't bother to try on my usual size 7s, and they were MASSIVE! I had to exchange them for a 6, and I haven't been a size 6 since school. Also, even in the size 6 I found the heel to seem to be too big for my feet - but the size 5 was tiny! But after wearing these in for a couple of weeks I found this didn't matter too much, so long as I tied the laces pretty tight. I only tie them to the ankle, leaving the top two sets of eyelets free so that the sneaker tops fold down a little and tongues fold over.
The best bit about these is that they go with all sorts of clothes - cut offs, baggy jeans, skinny trousers, skirts and tights, cute tea dresses, etc. And I've only seen my pair; I like stuff that's unique or a little off-the-wall so I appreciate this about them. They seem pretty durable too, I've worn them to death and they're still like new! And the soles are hardly worn which is great for winter slippiness...
I don't normally like to spend a lot of money on trainers as I previously hardly wore them. So when I saw that they were £45 I was pretty shocked. But I couldn't resist! However, they are excellent value for money, if not for the excellent quality, for the versatility and the amount of wear I've had out of them!
I would recommend trying them on before you buy, or making sure when you buy them online there is a good refund / replace policy. They are available in size 3 - 12 as they are unisex and they are available on the high street, from Amazon, etc.