Sunday, August 31, 2008

He Ain't Got No Sole

Maybe someone can help me out here. Is it normal for a 15-year-old boy's shoes to go from this:

to this:
in 2 months?

Seriously, click on that last picture and see how destroyed they are.

And a follow-up question:
Is it normal for a teenage boy to not want to throw away shoes in this condition?
I mean, is "ghetto" the new look?

(Sorry, that was 2 questions.)

Please, enlighten me.

14 comments:

Farscaper said...

They're probably just NOW getting comfortable! LOL! I grew up with 2 brothers who were VERY hard on their clothes. My mom bought us shoes at the beginning of the school year then again around Christmas (we grew out of them that fast). It was up to us to keep what we had decent enough to wear that long. My brother's shoes always looked like that pict in about that same period of time.

2 words: Duct Tape

Gina said...

What in the widest and wildest of worlds? I never knew that this is what I had to look forward to with my boy. We girls have some of our shoes clear back from nearly JHS and HS. Hey, same shoe size equals same shoes still. Hee hee. My brothers were such pretty boys, they never did that to their shoes. However, I am somewhat attached to things so I can imagine a little bit the idea of keeping them.

Mom not Mum said...

LOL Reminds me of when you buy a toddler shoes and then he uses them as "brakes" on his ride on toys but certainly he isn't using them to stop while riding his bike. (Is this the track running boy?)

Threeundertwo said...

You are scaring me. I thought my son was bad with shoes now. He's only 10 - looks like they get even more talented at destruction as they get older!

Holmes said...

Yes, yes and yes...at least that's what I'm learning from my two teenage boys. They are both really hard on their shoes and can't seem to find the words to tell me how they got in that condition (your second picture) so quickly. Matthew (14) is more sentimental than Jacob (16) and does not want to part with anything. He'll wear shoes that have holes in the bottom in the middle of a snowstorm, so not only are his shoes destroyed, but his socks are too! And he goes around all day with wet feet. Yuck! He has a shirt he got when he was probably 7 or 8 that he can't part with because it's so comfortable. Hello! How can it be comfortable? He can't even put his head through the neck opening, but he remembers how comfortable it was when he wore it so he can't part with it. He also has a sweatshirt that is probably 2-3 sizes too small, but he remembers wearing it one time when he was sick and it kept him warm, so he seriously puts it on whenever he isn't feeling well. So yeah, the destruction is normal and I guess the sentimental ghetto look is too. Enjoy :o)

The Black's said...

John had a pair of dress shoes that he wear to work and one day I noticed that the sole was coming off and I questioned him about it and he told me that it had been that way for months. I was mortified that he was going to work in those shoes. So apparently it isn't just teenage boys that want to keep their worn out shoes.

cari said...

Looks like he's had some good fun in those shoes! What's amazing to me is that he can even fit into them after two months! My boys are growing so fast they grow out of things before they can wear them out.

annette said...

I think part of it is they don't make shoes to last like they used to. Our friend AJ, 15,has to buy his own shoes, just bought himself army style boots, because of this exact problem.

grinNberrett said...

I cant believe they still make LA Gear shoes! I thought these were shoes went extinct in the late 80's.

http://tinyurl.com/678noq

I have some shoes, 10 1/2 that I could donate to you. But Alan will need to come to early morning basketball to get them if you wanted them. :)

Gerb said...

farscaper-
He has already resorted to duct tape in the past, unfortunately. That's why we have to get those babies in the trash ASAP!

gina-
Amen to shoes from high school! And they're cool again, so my jellies and boat shoes may have to come out of hiding.

MOM-
Yep, it's my cross country runner. However, he has a different pair of shoes that are only for running. Maybe he does use them for brakes. It wouldn't surprise me, bless his heart.

3under2-
Oh, the joys that await you!! Honestly, though- he's a pretty good kid. Just tough on shoes!

holmes-
Oh, I love it. I used to wear shoes with a hand-cut cardboard insole when the soles wore through, but that was out of necessity. I guess I should count my blessings that my boys are happy with whatever, huh?

michelle-
I love that some boys never really outgrow these things.

cari-
He says I should offer the facts in his defense: he did go on 3 campouts and 2 organized "Scout Camps" in those 2 months. Plus he started running XC in them. But still... 2 months?! And yes, every time we go to buy new ones he is up at least a half size. Like 6'1" isn't tall enough? Stop it already!

annette-
This could be the problem. However, I can guarantee you that Coolister will NOT wear combat boots to school every day. Maybe the punks are onto something...

(P.S. AJ is not a punk.)

grinnberrett-
I am at a loss as to who you are, although you obviously know my son's shoe size and my husband's lack of basketball attendance. But it's ok, because that LA Gear commercial was hilarious.

ablackman said...

To say those shoes lasted two months is a bit misleading. They really only lasted 1 month, and the second month was the time it took to get him to throw them away. This clarification is important because, were it left to him, the shoes might have "lasted" another 3 years.

Shellie said...

I think it sounds just like my kids.That doesn't necessarily mean he's normal though :) And thanks for the comment on lunches and yes, please, please, please, please, please do a post and spill it all on the subject!

WendyB said...

Holy cow!

mommeeof9 said...

My 14 yr old's new- one month old- sneakers have a layer of the sole peeling off already. These are the better quality ones that should last longer than the last pair - 6 months. He has men's size 12 1/2 EEEE feet, so I can't just buy him cheap ones. I think this pair was $100+. :(