They’re dirty, but they’re mine

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Since middle school, I’ve had a pair of shoes that have acted as my constant. 

Despite the used-to-be white cloth laces that have now dimmed to a dirty, brownish tint and the white soles that have faded into an off-white cream color, my pair of Converse still holds the title of my favorite pair of shoes.

They’ve been with me through both middle school and half of high school. They’ve been with me through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows; as a matter of fact, I’m unsure of why I’ve possessed this pair of shoes for so long and why I still label them as my go-tos, but perhaps it’s the sense of comfort they bring me.

I’ve learned, from my many shoe-shopping experiences, that I will forever resort to my high-top Converses. ”

Knowing that they’ve been with me through interchanging friend groups, girl drama, and the overall hardships of socialization, they’ve truly remained an essential for everyday life. They seem to fit perfectly with every outfit I’ve strewn together over the years; whether it’s the neutral color or the level of comfort provided for my feet, I love them.

Many times, I’ve been given the opportunity to buy a new pair of shoes—sometimes I take it. When I do, I wear my newly bought shoes maybe once… or twice… but somehow, they seem to always end up in the corner of my shoe closet completely untouched. I’ve learned, from my many shoe-shopping experiences, that I will forever resort to my high-top Converses. 

They’re dirty, but they’re mine. And they’re dirty with love. Dirty from my countless strolls through the hallways of Central Middle School and now Central High. They’re dirty from jumping on the trampoline with my brother and sister as a seventh-grader and dirty from adventuring through the twist and turns of the woods behind my house. Of course, they’ve been washed many times, but seemingly, no matter how many times they’re washed, the washing machine will never extinguish my love and my memories I’ve carried through this simple pair of Converse tennis shoes. 

They’re dirty, but they’re mine.