I did wonder if that's what inspired the inventors of the latest style craze for kids - Skribbies - and it turns out that's exactly where the idea came from.
Skribbies are hi-top shoes with with a velcro fastening. So how can you write on them? Well, think whiteboard on a shoe. They're a blank canvas for children to express themselves and show off their artistic flair. The wipeable surface and special pens let children alter their designs over and over again.
My seven-year-old was very excited by the idea - it's not often I hand over a brand new pair of shoes and tell him to draw on them to his heart's content. His 10-year-old chum decided they were a bit too young for him (so the sizing from 10-2 is probably just about right) but nevertheless spent a happy half hour with my son while they came up with their own designs.
Each pair of Skribbies comes with its very own selection of magic ink pens, a collection of Skribbies stickers and a pen holder wrist-band that doubles up as a handy shoe ‘rubber’.
The stickers look good - and I loved the way the little monster sticker ended up with a speech bubble saying 'grrr' - but in reality they didn't prove terribly durable and ended up falling off after a couple of hours of playing. And when my little artist decided to colour in the whole of the front of the shoes, the ink went on the rubberised edges of the shoes, from which it didn't rub off.
These grizzles aside, I still think these are great fun - and I've even been tempted to have a draw on them myself from time to time! They come in a selection of colourways to suit boys: Neon Yellow/Black, Blue/Navy, Skribbies are available in sizes ranging from UK Junior Size 10 to UK 2 (RRP £35.95).
Skribbies are available to purchase online at: www.skribbies.com