First of all, what do we call this decade? I was born in the Sixties, grew up in the Seventies, was in college in the Eighties, and began my academic career in the Nineties. My daughter will graduate from high school in the ... O's? The zeroes? The nils? The ciphers? The aughts?
I am not sure, but I am pretty sure that ten or fifteen years from now, when VH1 does a special on this decade, one of the objects of their derision will be pink tennis shoes. The shoes pictured here are Chuck Taylor's Converse High Tops. Yesterday's Wisconsin State Journal included a story about these shoes:
Christy Kaether, a manager at East Towne's Foot Locker store, says Chuck Taylors All-Stars in pink, paired with either white or black, have been especially popular. The sneakers were originally made to fit up to a women's size 10, but can now be ordered up to a size 11. And Kaether says she has seen many young men trying to squeeze into the shoes.... Steven Reese, an employee at Jack's Shoes on State Street, says men often try on pink Chuck Taylors for the novelty aspect, then realize they like the look.
Well, remembering some of the things that I wore in the late 1970s, I probably don't have much of a basis for objection. But these things seem destined for mockery.