Canvassing for it

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trends Canvas shoes are back and how!

F rom girls in miniskirts or jeans and stylish men on bikes to nerdy-looking boys studying furiously — a certain kind of footwear unites them all.

Bright pink, red, blue, yellow, green, they come in every possible colour. Skulls, the peace symbol, the Simpsons and Metallica are some motifs and designs printed and painted on them. Their laces are no less exciting, with hawkers quoting their best prices for strings of rainbow.

They first make you curious, then they make you want to experience them and lastly comes the ‘they-are-my-best-friends' phase and the addiction stage!

The canvas craze (that went beyond the white school pair) began a few years ago and now has connoisseurs of all kinds. Apoorva Tadepalli, a canvas freak says she has en enviable collection — a black high top with blue and green lines and laces, a purple low top with dinosaurs and dragons, one in white with flowers and cherries and another white pair with unicorns. Noella Ferrao has a pair with an auto rickshaw drawn on it. Canvas novice Manya U. says, “I used to hate canvas shoes till about six months ago. I was shopping for floaters and just happened to see them. I tried them on and bought a pair without a second thought. They are so comfortable that I want nothing else now.” Noella explains, “the reason why many youngsters like canvas shoes is because they come in cool colours, have different prints and layers. They also come with funky laces and are light. Looks like the canvas phenomenon is here stay!





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