Can something be a pet peeve if you’ve only experienced it once? I ask because something happened over the weekend that made me bat shit bonkers annoyed and I never ever ever want to see it again… but the times being what they are I’m quite sure it’s going to happen at some point. You see this is about shoes. Yes. That’s right. Shoes. Kind of.
Now I love me some shoes. I do, I most certainly do. Even now I’m contemplating what shoes I’d like to wear tomorrow. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to go out and indulge my love of shoe shopping but that doesn’t mean it isn’t very real to me. All that being said, I’m not much of a sneaker girl myself. But I understand that they are a necessity for many and they have their place. I’ll wear them if I’m exercising. Most other activities I firmly believe there is a boot for, but exercising is mostly a bootless activity. I accept that.
Exercise is not at all the activity I am thinking of though. I got off track a little. I think it’s fine for people to wear sneakers. Viva la fitness shoe. Especially kids. Awesome great! Keep those feet healthy and comfy. And they do great things with sneakers now. I love it. Have you seen those knee high Converse? Be still my heart. Really! There seems to be a sneaker for everyone. I’m a little sad that I can no longer find the awesome sneaks I wore in my teens. I think they were called Side One or something like that. They were black leather and rubber with an over-sized tongue that folded over the laces. Other than those I was a Converse girl all the way.
Over the weekend though I met my sneaker nemesis. A shoe I never really worried over in the past made it to my list of irritations. Because it became a rudeness thing. RUDE. That’s what this is really about. I was at the movies in the dark theater enjoying a very funny film when I saw out the corner of my eye a camera flash, or what I assumed was a camera flash. I did my best to ignore it, irritated. Then again. And again and again.
I looked over my shoulder and saw nothing. I faced forward. I watched the movie. I laughed and then FLASH FLASH.
Ah. It’s a camera with a red eye reducing flash set on it. I looked around. Irritated. It had stopped again.
I cautiously turned to face forward and then whipped my head back around quickly thinking I might catch the perpetrator. And that’s when I saw it. This is also the moment when my sneaker rant starts to make a little sense. It was a little girl with the fucking flashy light sneakers that were so popular a few years ago.
It’s totally possible that they are still popular with kids now and I’m just unaware. I may be out of the loop on little kid sneaker trends.
But as I was saying, this little girl was wearing them in the movie theater. Happily stomping her feet and kicking away making bright flashes of light every few minutes. I should make it clear that I don’t blame her. She’s a kid. But I do wish her parents or whatever adult took her to the movie had thought that one through a little better.
So that is my new crazy pet peeve. People wearing flashy light shoes in dark theaters and kicking things. Just don’t do it, okay? Okay. Also? I won’t be calling those things sneakers anymore because I don’t know how you could sneak up on someone in them.