Day 170: Aren’t You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper?

Star Wars boot boys meet ’70s Paisley patterning in bizarrely effective Vans mash-up…

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The ’70s were actually two decades. There was the pre-Star Wars ’70s of brown swirls, brown cars, purple Paisley, lava lamps and gritty, handheld camera films in which everyone was miserable and unsmiling. Then there was the post-Star Wars ’70s, when the future arrived, flares shrunk to drainpipes, hair was shaved, music became exciting and films became colourful again.

Okay, I’m not saying Star Wars caused all of this. A minor musical movement of the time called punk may have had something to do with saving the world from kaftans and lentils. But to my geeky younger self, Star Wars seemed to be at the centre of this cultural revolution. It changed my life; surely it must also be responsible for all the other major changes taking place?

Bizarrely, though, nearly four decades on and Vans decide to reconcile these two diametrically opposed extremes of the ’70s with a new shoe that combines Stormtroopers and Paisley swirls. And somehow… it works.

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They may look marvelously monotone, but there is one, tiny splash of colour on the sweetly-detailed aglets.

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And as with Vans’ Marvel Superhero range of trainers, even the box is cool.

June 19 box

This pair were a late birthday present. There are two other designs in the Vans Star Wars range. Maybe they’ll make it into the challenge one day, but so far all approaches I’ve made to Vans asking for support for this charity challenge have fallen on deaf ears. I’m probably just not getting through to the right people yet. I’m not giving up. They will be pestered into submission.

Anyway, to work now, and the final ever issue of Comic Review. A sincere thanks to everybody who accepted seriously underpayment to help me try to make this experiment work. It suffered from the fact the company lost interest in it somewhere between giving it the greenlight and the first issue coming out, which meant it had absolutely zero marketing and publicity at launch and precious little since (mostly created by me). It was fun while it lasted. And there were more issues of Comic Review then there were episodes of Firefly!

Which must prove… something.

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• Current total: £1,000 (thanks to David Bradley for yesterday’s generous donation)

• Remember this is all for charity, so any pennies or pounds you can spare PLEASE DONATE BY CLICKING HERE.

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• If you have any trainers you could donate (either on loan or old pairs you’re getting rid of) which are size 9 (ish – I can do anything  from 8 to 10) contact me at so I can arrange collection.

• Please, please, please leave comments below! I’m after ideas for mini-challenges, future photoshoots and how I can find enough pairs of trainers!


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