Thursday, May 01, 2008
The perfect summer tennies
When I was in college in the 1980s, there wasn't a spring or summer that came without me sporting a new pair of Tretorn tennis shoes. Those were the warm-weather counterpoint to the L.L. Bean blucher moccasins of fall and winter.
I preferred the white canvas style, but would mix it up with the color of V on the side of the shoe (kinda like the Nike swoosh). My favorite was a pair with pink and blue plaid V that happened to match a pair of pink and blue madras shorts I had. Ultimate prep for sure, but this was the eighties.
The best part about Tretorns was the terry cloth insole, perfect for wearing with no socks and far more breathable than, say, your leather Keds. Plus, they look great with tan legs.
I decided that this spring I was going to go retro and sport a pair so I set about Googling them. I'll admit to a bit of sticker shock—$55 a pair! I'm sure I used to pick them up at TJ Maxx for $17.99. Not sure who carries them in stores today, but they are certainly available online.
American Eagle's new Martin + Osa line is even carrying a more modern version of the Tretorn. For my money, I want the traditional, terry-lined insole. They will be perfect to wear while riding my new (hopefully) bike that I want for Mother's Day. I've declare a moratorium on driving in Bay Village this summer in protest of outrageous gas prices. But that's another post.