I’m into sneakers. I’ve been into sneakers, shoes, kicks, trainers, runners, tennis, whatever you call them for a long time.
I always thought a nice pair of shoes were something to be appreciated, but the inception of desire was when I first laid eyes on that special pair.
It was my sophomore year of high school. I alighted the bus and made my way through campus to the lunchroom doors. In my way was a small crowd. Curious to see what was going on, I joined the throng.
I was dumbfounded by what I saw. The only way to describe them was a pair of marshmallow moon boots. The shoes were made of a bright royal blue material; something like high-tech polyurethane. There was a semi-translucent sole with circular indentations meant to enhance grip and traction. At first I couldn’t tell what brand shoe they were, until I spotted a small white swoosh near the toe area. There is so much more about the shoe that boggled my mind, but I just don’t have the time to share it all.
I had to know more. My buddy gave me the skinny: Nike Air Foamposite One, the newest and most innovative in footwear tech to come out of Beaverton, OR. My mind was blown; how could create such a thing?
I was determined to get them, alas my heart sunk when I found out the retail price: $179.99. I just started working during summers, but that price was way out of my reach. The same buddy told me he knew a dude who bought two pairs: one to rock (wear) and another to hoop in (play basketball). I was incredulous, but inspired nonetheless. I wasn’t able to raise the necessary funds for my pair until sometime later. I scoured virtually every obscure sneaker spot in NYC looking for that elusive size 11.5. While hunting, other Nike offerings caught my attention. At my height during College, I had over thirty pairs of sneakers in my rotation. It’s was where virtually all my money went. I didn’t care; I was like Ash Ketchum. My “sole” purpose was to acquire.
I eventually did score my pair of Nike Air Foamposite Ones. They are the up there, along with my current rotation; a fraction of what it used to be. The quantity may have decreased due to new priorities (wife, children, Cheez-its, etc.) but the love still remains.
What was/is your love, and what started it all for you?