By Davis Polito
As every student knows by now, shoes worn out quickly become worn-out shoes. Inevitably someone spills a drink on you, or as is normally the case for myself you spill your own drink. On top of the spills, that kiddie pool of beer you walk in at every party only serves to form a layer of stickiness atop the dirt and grime. Quickly those bright, white Nikes that you promised yourself to clean everyday fade to a questionable mix of dirt and drinks. You now have beaters.
Beaters are an integral part of every man or woman’s closet. The trouble with them is that it is often an unconscious choice as to what shoes will become your partying shoes. If you are not careful you will end up like me with an unrecognizable pair of shoes that you spent too much money on to end up in the beater category. In order to avoid this catastrophe, one should set out to purchase a pair of shoes with the sole intent being to ruin them. In this guide I will lay out several pairs of shoes that I believe to make great beaters. This list is by no means comprehensive and is not ordered in anyway, but it is good baseline for shoes that can withstand the escapades of your drunken alter ego.
Adidas Stan Smiths/ Converse / Van
It seems that everyone and their mother has a variation of these two shoes and Penn’s campus is no exception. There’s no question as to why these shoes are so common. They are simple, sleek, and relatively cheap ($50-$100). These shoes can go with any outfit without taking attention away from the other, more important, articles of clothing. The simplicity and lack of attention that these shoes bring are foundational to their appeal.
The reason these shoes look great beat up is the same reason they look good in the first place. No one looks at them. They’re so common and outplayed that they could be covered in a layer of vomit and I’m not sure they would get a second glance. On top of being common, they’re cheap. Whenever your pair inevitably falls apart after a year or so of constant use or the stench of the weekend’s escapades gets to be too much, it’s not a travesty to throw out.
By Daneshé Henry
A lot can occur between the changing of the seasons; besides the leaves falling and temperature dropping, the time comes to trade in short-sleeved shirts for sweaters and coats. With that comes the dreaded question of, “what do I wear?”. To be completely candid, the switch from summer to fall is difficult and ensuring that you stay warm while remaining on trend can be somewhat of a burdensome task.
What is simple, however, is scrolling through Instagram. I love the app because it is so accessible - almost anything you would like to see can be found by just a few taps of a finger. With that being said, Instagram is my go-to for fall inspiration. With my style varying from day to day, I can find something to fit all of my different moods.
If you’re reading this, welcome to the beginning of something new. While the Penn Fashion Collective has already established its presence on campus as a window for anyone interested in the industry and its varied aspects, there has never been a platform for Collective members to share their interests and things that inspire them.
That is where this blog comes in. A variety of contributors will provide a glimpse into the diversity of thought and style that makes the group what it is. Providing fresh, weekly content, this blog is a space for all things Penn, Fashion and whatever falls in between.