I admit a strange love affair with Rod Laver sneakers. I have had a pair of the white and green mesh classics around for years. For me personally they wax and wane alongside my low-top Chuck Taylor obsession. If I’m not jonesing for some Chucks, it’s because I’m content with some Lavers. Unlike most sneaker snobs, I like these generally inexpensive sneakers for things like mowing the lawn, playing at the park, and generally tearing it up.
But now, there are a proliferation of styles the thumbnails above only hint at. Search Adidas for more and you’ll find no fewer than 16 varieties. They used to offer the Laver style only in the old green/white, then added blue/white. Now it appears as if the hipster/collector demand has unleashed the designers crazy on this old style. I don’t know if I could mow the lawn in tweed Lavers, or have the gumption to rock a work suit wearing them either. Maybe in the drive in but that’s about it.
The Rod Laver entry at wikipedia doesn’t offer much by way of history of the shoes, but will school you on what an interesting career Mr. Laver had in the tennis world. Needless to say, the shoes have a nice long lace, a cool mesh upper (in the traditional style), and a hint of suede in an otherwise rubber and nylon shoe. This helps make them fairly indestructible, but also machine washable (I remove the liners). This helps you wear them hard but still keep them relatively white and sharp looking most of the time. Snappy!
When the pressures of the world get to you, some quality time with your computer may be in order to let you drift off and clear your mind. Yes, you could go with the latest angry birds, warcraft, or other gay-ming option. But that would be it bit blase, now wouldn’t it?
Why not get lost in the world of super-uber-cool product blogs? Try out some of my favorites, like gearpatrol, cool material, cool hunting, werd, bless this stuff, well, this gets kind of endless and out of control.
Now being a blogger, and having been so since back in the day, I know a bit about how these things work. Many of these sites are trying to rush to you a gadget link or product review before the other, so there is often overlap in the products you’ll see. Being blogs and link sites, they want to try and capture your attention and eyeballs on a regular basis. That’s what they want.
But for you to maximize your downtime escapism surfing ability, you need to find one of these sites that you’ve never visited before and devour it whole. Most of these sites have been around for a few years (maybe even back into the aughty aughts!) you can view upwards of a hundred or two hundred pages of crazy super hip gadget wisdom. Much like looking at old fashion magazines, you can start at the back and come forward, or move backward in time, all the while seeing that the absolute bleeding edge gadget and tech trend from just three years ago now seems so hopelessly outdated.
Some of these sites have more art or culture bent, some are purely on gadgets or products. But the level of balance between hand produced and ultra expensive stuff combined with the silly and profane is fun. I tend to find a site, scroll through opening things that look neato mosquito in a new tab, and then wandering around my tabs when I get ten or twenty open at once. It’s power surfing, completely engaging, and daydreams of absurdly expensive items and news that you never would see otherwise.
Or you could read your NYTimes and listen to your NPR and keep up on current events and get very depressed with all your “real” knowledge. Or just drift away in a calgon bath of warm internet-y gooey goodness. Enjoy!
This is totally impractical. I am a large man. I have a wife and 2 not-small boys. This tiny old tin BMW cooker is not the family car. It’s not a totally midlife crisis porsche either, but there you go. It’s for sale amazingly. At the end of the day I’d probably get tired of driving this, and it’s likely a mess in the snow. But the pic had me smiling, maybe you too.