Wanted: Sneakers Styled After Literary Classics


Special footwear for lit-geeks? Yes please. Yesterday’s edition of Shelf Awareness pointed us towards some sweet sneakers inspired by the art and text of literary classics like Slaughterhouse Five, The Catcher in the Rye, Romeo and Juliet and more, in a growing collection based on “fantastic books everyone should read before they die.” It’s a great idea, and hyper-nerdy in the best of ways, but a little hit-or-miss in its execution. For example, we adore the cream-colored Catcher kicks, but “Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death” is perhaps not the line we’d choose to have on our Romeo and Juliet-themed shoes if we had our druthers. All in all though, we think they’re pretty cool, and if we see anyone on the street wearing these sneakers paired with one of these, we will straight up hug them. That’s a promise. Click through to see some of the literary-themed sneaks, and if you too want to proclaim your stellar literary taste to the world, and possibly get a hug from us, be sure to pick up a pair over at Zazzle.

Slaughterhouse Five

The Catcher in the Rye

The Scarlet Letter

Animal Farm

Romeo and Juliet

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The Three Musketeers