Chuck Taylors: A Tradition Continues

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School Shopping with the girls–they dig it!  Me, not so much. But today…oh, today was a good shopping day. As we passed the Chuck Taylor display at Kohl’s, my kiddos squealed in delight and asked if they could try them on. Truth be told, I got a little misty. Those who knew me in high school may remember I had very nearly every color of Chuck Taylor tennis shoes ever created (including the super-duper high tops, you know with the bright yellow that folded over the electric orange. God, I loved those.). Those of you who didn’t know me then, may have guessed from my blog header that I’m a fan. Oh, am I.  My girls went with classic black high tops.

Feast Your Eyes!

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I swear they asked me if they could be all matchy-matchy. I would never encourage it! But won’t my mom be pleased!

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

6 thoughts on “Chuck Taylors: A Tradition Continues

  1. Haha I LOVE it!! They’ve got the ‘ol Sparks sense of style 🙂 Maybe I should get some Chuck’s…not quite “me” but at least in honor of your love for them..haha

  2. Jody, Jody, Jody, is that your girls or is that you 20ish years ago? I really had to focus there for a minute 🙂 I think it is so cool that they both really think those shoes are AWESOME. I bet if I look hard enough I could find pictures with a different color shoe in every single one of them. Brings back some GREAT GREAT memories. They took some great pictures and yes Mom would be very proud:)

  3. Oh LORDY! It must be genetic. And really, I CANNOT believe they wanted to be matchy-matchy! We LOATHED that. Too funny. Tell the girls I think they are awesome with their bad selves.

  4. Cool! Your girls look great.

    I remember when I was in high school (graduated a few years before you did), all the rage was VANS (the slip-on kind; I beleive the only kind of Vans at the time) as worn by Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. Mine were checkerboard style. I would never have guessed back then that Sean Penn would become relatively high-brow. I wonder what kind of shoes he wears now.

    1. I love Jeff Spicoli!! Fast Times was such a fun movie. I heard once that Sean Penn is one of the best kissers in Hollywood. No idea where I heard that, but I wouldn’t mind finding out if that rumor is true!

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