A few years ago I made a two week trip to Spain. It was pretty awesome. I went to so many different cities it would be ridiculous to list them all. I was able to see where Real Madrid played (I still kick myself for not trying to get inside – I think we just walked by but I should have tried). I ate great food – a ton of different kinds of ham and cheese which made me fat. I saw really old stuff. I also shopped. I really didn’t buy any clothes because quite honestly the sizes were weird and I felt fat in that country.
I had been worried about shoes. They always warn Americans, “Don’t just wear sneakers in Europe – it is a dead give away that you’re American and you’ll look ridiculous.” Well I didn’t want to look ridiculous but I wasn’t going to leave them at home either. Naturally I took my Pumas (a pair to be featured later) along with some incredible Börn sandals. As I walked around Madrid I noticed one thing – Pumas were the sneaker of choice. All that talk that Europeans don’t wear sneakers went out the door. I felt free to wear mine. Now I did stick out because apparently they don’t wear shorts. I wore my shorts and just dealt with the stares.
One day we were down near the beach and went into this big store full of beach wear, clothes, and sneakers. So many sneakers. I had been looking for some red and white Pumas for awhile but hadn’t seen any I liked. Plus, it seemed that most of the time they didn’t make them for women. I went upstairs and it was like a beam of light came out of the sky and landed on the pair featured here. I loved them. Although I’m not fluent in Spanish (especially in Spain) I am pretty good where shopping is concerned. The sales woman brought me my size and they fit perfectly. I believe they were about $80 in Euros but I knew that no one in the States would have a similar pair.
I keep these fairly clean and they still look good 4 years later. They are comfortable and people always comment on them. I like that they are unique and stand out!