When I was a kid I had to learn French. As far as languages go, it is not bad at all. Once you get over all that grammar, that is! That is why, at that age I found only two things making it bearable: the adventures of Asterix and Kickers shoes.
These Kicker's low boots (or high-tops, if you prefer) are the essence of simplified elegance. They are sturdy yet light, durable yet fast to acquire their own character. The leather will scuff but it will resist serious damage.
You too will appreciate the stitched-on crepe sole (insulating as well as resistant to both slips and squicks), the metal eyelets and the ample room for your toes.
These were the Doc Martins of my generation.