MY MOTHER: I bet you still have those nasty Punky Brewster shoes stashed away somewhere.
ME: Why yes, yes I do.
At the height of popularity of the television series Punky Brewster (It couldn’t have been too popular, because NBC cancelled it after only two seasons.), there was much Punky Brewster merchandise available (That right there would have been a good reason to keep it on the air.). I had a Punky Brewster T-shirt, backpack, Punky & Brandon dolls, bead kit, and clay pin kit. I even had a Halloween costume, which was actually very silly because I looked more like her in my normal clothes than in a plastic mask and vinyl suit. But what I liked the best and got the most use out of were my Punky Brewster shoes. They were hightops (that was the popular style way back then).
It always bothered me that, contrary to all reason, they did not actually look like the shoes that Punky wore on the show! On my TV, she wore what appeared to be two totally different colored Converse All-Stars. (I just realized that I originally watched Punky Brewster only in black and white—can you imagine!) Maybe the problem lay in that the contract for the shoes most likely did not fall to Converse for manufacture. Maybe someone was afraid two different shoes would become parted at the store. Unfortunately, the shoes matched each other, but they WERE multi-colored. They said Punky Brewster on them. They must have come with boring laces (As if!), because I quickly replaced them with neon green ones. My son asked me, “Did you color the laces?” I could see where he would be confused. I recently DID color some laces, and the shoes as well. I responded emphatically, “No. It was the 80s, a wonderful, colorful time.” [Rant: Now we live in a time when Simon is trying to remove all color from the world and reduce us all to only black and white, starting with their malls across the country.]
My mom bought the shoes very large-2 ½-because they didn’t have my right size. I wore them as long as my feet would fit in them. There was even a big P or something on the sole. But I wore them until it was gone. I loved those dang shoes. I cannot imagine why my mother thought I would actually throw them out when I was done with them. The more she asked, the deeper I hid them in the back of my closet. Sometimes I would bring it up just to spite her. I have brought them with me through three moves. The effect of heat and moisture may be reflected on their deterioration, but they are still a treasured possession.
So now, you know if you are ever around me and I mention “Punky Brewster shoes” that I am bragging about my mad hoarding skillz.
Don’t get me started on all the photographs I have, both digital and snapshots, that I am trying to store and keep organized.
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I absolutely LOVE that you still have your punky shoes!! I was/am a punky nut, I had those same shoes! There’s a picture of me wearing a tattered beat-up pair, opening a brand-new pair on my I think 3rd birthday! I will have to ask my mom, the keeper of all things, if she kept ahold of them.. I got a golden retriever for Christmas when I was 2 or 3 and named him Brandon. I have the punky doll, a book and a t-shirt that i just got a few years ago and in like 2009 I was pinky for Halloween and my costume was spotttt on. I was SO proud, I even bought a thrift store Jean jacket and cut the sleeves off and dyed it purple-yoi don’t half-ass punky.
Punky knew how to make an impression!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
My sister used to have a pair of Punky Brewster sneakers.
My dad bought her from Eagle Pass TX. She used to wear them when she was 10 years old.
At the age of 11, she wore them just for a couple of times.
Back then I was 8 years old.
Then my mom asked her if she would like to keep them and my sister said no.
Then my mom called me and then she asked me to try them on.
When I tried them, they did fit nicely and then my mom replaced the color laces by white ones. My mom laced them up and she told me to wear them only when going outside for playing.
Those sneakers were originally for girls, but as a 8 years old boy I wore them for playing around the parks and playgrounds with the other kids of my neighborhood.
Those sneakers lasted for a while. They were high top sneakers and I never twisted my ankle when wearing them.
Good sneakers!. I played a lot more and I had a lot of fun when going outside and playing.