It started in 1987 for me. My first pair of Nike Air Cross Trainer’s (above) that were purchased in New Hampshire. Before that… it was Patrick Ewing all white basketball shoes that I stuck some red laces in them. The Nike’s made me fall in love. They were bad ass and a medium cut. They were light and I felt I could fly. I dunked in basketball practice at DO’C in them and the next day… I tried in gym class to dunk again and turned my ankle and was out of action for over a month on crutches.
In 1991, Karen and myself got matching Nike Huarache’s that were bright and ugly as shit. Below the Huarache is coming back and these grey & black ones have caught my eye.
Some other shoes that I like are listed below. There are so many that have touched my fancy and I think I will take some time to expand this post. I wanted to reference some of the shoes since I would love to find them and purchase them on the open market.
Nike Air Flight Squad:
Adidas Y-3 Qasa:
Nike is number one and if there was someone in 2nd place would be…. nobody. 😉 I hate Rebook (are they still around?) and I did like and sport a little bit of Adidas. These below caught my eye.
I also love the technology in shoes. The Nike Air Footscape Woven Motion is a cool shoe. Nike is doing a whole bunch of wolven shoes. Below is the Roche Run.
It’s super light and it’s wild to think about how it’s made. I like the Roche Run’s and I’m dying to get a pair. Speaking of the Roche’s… here is some different types… that I’ve come across and almost pulled the trigger on.
Below is the Nike Free Orbit that I want for slippers inside. I like the dark one’s on the right.
Then we get into the Jordan Brand. My first pair that I purchased was in 2001 at the Eaton Ctr for $189.99 I purchased the Jordan 11’s and I loved them. I kept them hidden and only took them out to play indoors only.
Some other basketball shoes that have caught my eye is the Nike Air Flighposite, who made a return in 2014. These shoes came out in the 90’s and started to change the look of what we see today in Nike’s Basketball lineup.
I have some hack around shoes for Streetball. I have four pairs. I have some basic black Nike’s below on the left below. I won these at the Bay Street Hoops Tourney. My Zoom’s below on the right are from 2004. I also have some orginial Nike NDESTRUKT which are butt ugly and me and Nose bought matching pairs. I still rock them.
I also have a pair of Jordan 13’s in “Chutney” seen below. I have not worn these outside that much. I’m still undecided when to wear these. I picked these up in 1998. I sometimes bring them out with jeans.
Back in 1990… I also fell in love with Nike’s ACG line (All Conditions Gear) which was more of the outdoor camping/hiking footwear. Nike “Little Dreams” poster lined my wall in my room and I wish I could run the trails in those photos. I have an unopened copy of the poster that I would like to frame. Even Karen had a pair of ACG’s that she didn’t really wear… that I wish I scooped before she threw them away.
Here are some that I owned and also wanted to own:
Beloved of both trekkers and the occasional New Jack Swing act coordinating their footwear, the Baltoro is a classic. The Baltoro was a breakthrough and I had a pair. I even played basketball in them and used them in Hoop-it-Up 3on3 Tourney.
Those spud-like looks on this design aren’t a coincidence – this shoe was built for a comfortable, warm wear at camp and the perforations were inspired by fork marks in a baked potato. The original name was the Air Ida – a play on the Ore-Ida potato company – but legal concerns led to a name change.
Nike reinvented the Jesus sandal with this one. Preempted by a campaign that showed a hiking boot hacked apart to reveal these inside. Sold for water sports, climbing and running outdoors, there were a ton of sequels. I owned 3 pairs back to back. They were my summer casual shoes. I loved that you could walk across rivers and go swimming with them off shorelines when camping.
Nike Aqua Sock (1989)
I still have mine and wear them now and then. My daughter laughs at me. Designed by Geoff Hollister, the Aqua Sock was about as simple as a shoe could get – a slip-on sock with a thin rubber outsole. That was it. (1991’s Aqua Sock Too and Aqua Sock Classic provided a little more structure.) They were meant for water sports (no, not that kind, perv) but also were an early vanguard of the minimalist movement. Mine are blue. 5 more years and I will have had them 30 years!
Another pair on my life-to-buy list is a pair of Nike SB Janoksi’s. They come in so many models.
Nike Jordan Two3 (Dress Shoes):
In 2003… I went on Ebay and purchased all 5 of these shoes. 3 out of the 5… I scored online for $24.99 USD and all were brand new. The boots were $50 and the slippers were $40. Starting top left was my “smoking jacket” shoes that I wore at work at my desk. Executive slippers. I sold them about 4 months after getting them and I wish I didn’t. Moving along to the right at the top was the boots that I wore and they were retired. Bottom right… I left in a box under my desk when I left CI. They were size 14 and no idea if someone took them. Bottom middle was my main Jordan dress shoe and they had a little air bubble in them. I wore them into the ground. Last is a pair I still have and that’s on the bottom left. I wear them at the moment and I’m looking to get a nice new pair of brown shoes.
I’m going to add to this post. I have so many other pairs to list.