I had a hard time scanning in these postcards because of their size, so instead, at the bottom of each photograph, I rewrote what
Dear Vans Sneakers,
I know my mother keeps prodding me to leave you, but honestly, I can’t get myself to ever say good bye. We’ve just been through too much together for me to let you go.
It takes time, to break into a new pair of sneakers, We’ve been together for so long that I was finally able to get you to maximum comfort. We’ve had so many late night study sessions together, I love that you’re always ready to come along with me whenever I am just about to run out the door to go to class or the library. You are so easy to put on, it doesn’t take you forever to unlace and then tie up again like those abandoned boots over there I refuse to put on again.
Even though you’ve been rained on, you’ve slipped in poo and got stuck to the pavement with gum, I don’t see that as a flaw. It is another thing that has given you your character that I can’t seem to just let go. I’m impressed you have even been able to last so long. Your age doesn’t show, as your black fabric always manages to look so fresh with no spots of mud even after you’ve been through so much these past few years.
Next time I’m home, just be ready for my mother to sneak you out the door and place you in the trash. But also just know, that I won’t let you go and I will get you back.
Dear Vans Sneakers,
This is probably going to sound a bit harsh, but I am only going to keep you around until I have the time to buy replacement sneakers. Look, I know we’ve been through a lot together. You were always there to protect my feet while I walked down the streets of the city. Your soles are just so flexible and made it so comfortable for me to move around in, yet they also have a nice grip to make sure I never slip. You are usually my first choice when picking out a pair of shoes in the morning because I knew you would comfort me throughout the
But I think it has come the time where we must finally cut our ties. You’ve been soaked in rain and snow too many times to count now that your fabric has become too stiff. Your right side’s label is so worn and tired out that the label is ready to peel off. Your insoles are a little damp from the insoles that never dried. Remember that one time you accidentally grazed a bit of dog poo and I had to help you get clean again, yeah I don’t really want to think about it either. And the most important flaw of them all is that left shoe doesn’t have enough glue to bond the fabric to rubber at the toe. I am just afraid that if we keep prolonging this relationship, you’ll become like my last pair of sneakers and I’ll start to find holes in you and we won’t be able to part on a good note.
We can still be together a little bit longer, but when I am finally able to buy a new pair of shoes, I think that is where we must say goodbye.