Tell people you're going to New York and the first thing they ask is whether you're going to do much shopping. Well, given the relatively poor exchange rate and -- to be perfectly frank -- the poor quality of the clothing available, my usual answer is "no".
But on the last day in town I decided I was in need of some new trainers and not having seen any Pumas I liked, I opted for these little babies (above). And when I say little, I mean little. They're kids shoes -- a US size 5 -- but aren't they cute? Cute price too -- $29.99, which equates to roughly £20.
I also bought some Levi's -- three pairs -- the first time in more than 10 years! Once-upon-a-time I wouldn't wear any other brand of jeans. In Australia this was quite an expensive exercise -- I remember paying $110 for a pair of faded denims back in the early 1990s, which would have been almost half my weekly pay packet! It wasn't cheap being cool. Hehe.
But then I moved to the other side of the world and I was free from the peer pressure, because hardly anyone wore Levi's -- there were so many other brands to choose from. So for the past decade I've been skulking around in perfectly acceptable albeit el-cheapo jeans from a variety of High Street stores...but now I'm back to the trusty bootcuts I used to love so much.
Hmm, shopping in New York ain't so bad after all.