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Nostalgia, comfort, street cred, ankle support for a few bucks!
on December 18, 2012
You know, I managed to forget all about PF Flyers for several decades. I mean, I'm old enough to remember their Saturday morning inter-cartoon segment commercials which promised their kid audiences these shoes would make us run faster and jump farther. Those criteria are not nearly as important to me now (not at all) as they were then. BUT, I'd completely forgotten how truly comfortable and cool (temperature inside) to wear these shoes could be, not being chock-full of all kinds of stuffing and padding. And the flat bottoms don't compress and alter your balance on uneven surfaces like EVA outsoles do. I have a chronic sprained ankle, but wearing these high-tops tightly-laced gives just enough ankle support that, combined with the more stable outsole, gives me enough stable footing that I often don't need to wear my ankle brace anymore!
That is such a win all by itself, I've purchased several other pairs in other colors. But I find I also like these new leather-upper retro models because they don't soil or stain like the old Canvas ones did. And the leather is quite thin, fabric-reinforced, supple, and strong, with a lighter feel than the stiffer canvas sides. And if you get the ones with colored-outsoles, you don't even get lasting scuff marks on them with use either. If anything, the finish on these seems better than I recall on the originals. The adhesives seem stronger, and the styles are both retro familiar and still today-relevant from both functional and stylistic points of view. And, OMG, happy-happy-joy-joy, they make them in dreadnought-class sizes nowdays! But more than anything, I'm happy to have stable non-slip footing without needing my ankle brace.
P.S. It doesn't hurt at all that my grade-schooler son saw mine and asked me to get him some just like them! Boo-Yah!