The New Balance Takeover

The New Balance Takeover

Keep your eye out for these frat cruisers on a campus near you.

"Dad shoes."

"Frat Cruisers."


Sound familiar? College students all over the southeast have begun to bring back the New Balance trend. You're not a "frat boy" if you don't own a pair of 990s. And girls, if you don't have a pair of bright-colored 574s in your closet, you might as well transfer. This new fad has taken over college campuses, and although I'm not opposed to it in the slightest, my one question is this: why?

While some wonder why any college boy would willingly wear the same shoes their grandfather owns, the pros outweigh the negatives.

The 990 has been New Balance's most cherished style for the past 34 years. This shoe was the first of its kind with a range of new technologies, including a heel motion control device. Iconic, comfortable, stylish, and practical, this style of shoe has everything going for it.

It also goes great with anything, from a Larry Bird Indiana State jersey to a nice gameday polo. You can spot a freshman boy a mile away in the early months of school by his brisk, clean, grey frat cruisers. These shoes experience it all: late nights downtown, gamedays, fraternity socials, and even church (yes, it does indeed happen). They're the most versatile yet comfortable shoe a college boy can get his hands on, and although they cost a pricey $164.99, any fraternity member will tell you it's worth the dent in your wallet.

The female New Balance fad is a recent yet very popular trend. When I asked for teal and neon yellow 574s for Christmas, I was a bit worried that it was too soon to make such a bold call. However, I returned to school from Christmas break to find a flood of neon New Balances donned on the feet of every sorority girl on campus.

Introduced in 1988, the 574 provides shock absorption and stability through its ENCAP midsole: doesn't get much better than that, huh? The 574 is also the only New Balance model that is now completely customizable both online and in the Times Square Footlocker kiosk.

Not only does this style of shoe come in over 80 colors, but it also goes great with any over-sized sorority date night t-shirt and a party pony. These shoes are comfortable yet stylish and fun, providing every "srat girl" on campus with an enjoyable walking experience to class as well as the opportunity to catch the eye of a handsome gentleman (most likely wearing 990s).

Long story short, New Balances are on the rise. Though these styles seemed to take a quick hiatus over the past ten years or so, they're back and better than ever (within good reason, too). So, go out and buy your first pair today. You won't regret it.

P.S. 530s are also on the come up. Keep an eye out for these hip sneakers on a campus near you.

Cover Image Credit: Soletopia

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.


This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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