I found a 12, but I must share my story with you….
It really upsets me that Converse or Comme Des Garcons do not produce these cool shoes in a size 12 Jack Purcell, or an 11.5 in Converse All Stars. I am a big fan of this shoe, and would purchase all of the colorways.
I don’t know what it is about these shoes, but in reality they are just plain old Jack Purcells with a red heart on the side with some eyeballs, and a contrast black or white stripe on the back heel. (They come in both off white and black Jack Purcells & All Stars Chuck Taylors)
But you know what? Those little subtle details is what makes this shoe stand out. I know this. I am obsessed with these shoes so when I found out they did not make 12’s or 11.5 I freaked and researched until I was blue in the face.
I called all around the world, emailed stores, and even made some friends along the way. What I found out was that they used to make size 12 when they first came out a couple of years ago, when the shoe was manufactured out in the US, but since CDG is based in Japan they have now moved the manufacturing to Japan, and the largest size they make is a US 11 in all styles.
BUMMER!!!! So if Converse or Comme Des Garcons is reading this. Please make 12’s or 11.5 or bigger sizes. For those that know me… Yes I am still complaining and instagramming is not getting my message across fast enough.
Oh, BTW… I found these from a shoe collector who purchased them from another shoe collector and was in MINT condition, worn only twice.
One of my favorite comics growing up was Calvin & Hobbes. I really related to this comic. Calvin had parents that did not understand him, and he relied heavily on his stuffed tiger to keep him entertained. Children need toys to stimulate them. I encourage my daughter all the time to play with her dolls and stuffed animals and be young.
So naturally I enjoy playing stuffed animals with my 4 year old daughter. I hope there never comes a day where she out grows them. I grew up very lonely without friends. My parents did not take me around many families with kids, and with their busy work schedules and not being very outgoing, I never attended birthday parties or was involved in play groups.
I did have many stuffed animals. And honestly they kept me company during my toddler and younger years. Stuffed animals stimulate the brain so much. They force the child to look at them as a friend, and make up stories and create story lines with them.
Another important fact is that they keep the child innocent. They keep them busy and let them enjoy the beauty of being a child.
We live in a world today where we are bombarded with so much technology and marketing on television, internet, tablets, and more and I want to take her away from that as much as possible. I want her to stay young, and to continue to imagine, and be creative.
To this date, my daughter still consistently asks me to play with her and her animals. We create stories that she thinks of or learns from preschool and I do the voices of each one of them. We like to play “school,” or “store,” where at the same time I teach her about math and letters.
Its a shame that Bill Waterson the creator of Calvin and Hobbes decided to retire from drawing and writing. I still today read to her (and her stuffed animals) some of the more easy story lines from his classic comics and get a good laugh together.