Off The Wall! Inspiration


I grew up on the East and West coasts, as well as in the Midwest.  My elementary school years were spent in Southern California, and I still consider myself a Lakers fan (albeit, converted Celtics fan – I know…gasp! does that happen?) and love to claim that I’m still a “California girl.”  Those who know me now, may contest that, but I back it up with a visual.  In the 7th grade, we moved from Southern California to a suburb North of Milwaukee.  I showed up on Day 1, at my new parochial school (no uniforms), wearing bright yellow, Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and two-tone, navy/sky blue Vans.  Every other girl at school was wearing wide-wale corduroys, fairisle sweaters and turtlenecks with hearts or stars or strawberries on them, with Docksiders.  No mistake — a California girl.  Ask anyone who grew up in California in the ’70s (yikes! did I say that?) and I’ll bet Vans were synonymous with their childhood.  And while half-pipes are only seen at ski resorts here in the East, and not in driveways — like back in my childhood, I still sport a pair of black-checkered Vans in the summertime.

I’m not a Twi-Hard (at least, not yet, as I haven’t seen the Twilight saga), but when I saw Kristen Stewart making her mark at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, earlier this month,  I instantly became her fan.  Why?  Before embedding her hand and footprints into cement, Kristen took off her black velvet Brian Atwood pumps and stayed true to herself by putting on her black checkered Vans!

photo by Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Forever in cement will be the imprint of Vans’ trademark “waffle” sole.

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I love the diamond and honeycomb pattern on the bottom of the Vans’ sneakers.  Each of the graphic patterns translates over into interior design.

 Diamonds:  1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

 

Honeycomb:  1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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Vans inspiration in 3 graphic patterns:   checkers, diamonds and honeycomb.

 

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