It’s been a minute since I purchased a pair of expensive sneakers; I’m talking $90, 100, and even 150 dollars. Back in the day, when I was younger, I used to go for the hottest brands and of course the most expensive.
If you knew me while growing up in the late 70’s and the 80’s, you knew I was a boy of many pairs of sneakers. As soon as I was hold enough to get my working papers and land a job, it seemed like I was spending most of my paycheck on grips. (Also, thanks to my first real girlfriend Maureen who used to buy me sneakers all the time).
When I look back on how much money I spent on footwear, I shake my head.
“How did I spend all that cash?” Even more puzzling is “why?”
These days when I take my daughter to a sneaker joint, I peek at the tag on some of the shoes that are on display. “Man o Man, the price of these things is unreal!” (But little does she know I once paid $175 for a pair of Reebok Pumps down on Delancey Street)
Huge sneaker stores like Foot Locker and Champs are coming back with some of the old school styles. I’ll pick one up off the shelf and find myself staring at it; holding it, touching it, thinking back to when I actually would wear them while playing ball or just hanging out. My daughter interrupts me and says, ‘Daddy, no‘. Boy what she missed out on…
Chuck Taylor’s, Dr. J All-Stars, Pro-Keds, Puma, Pony, Adidas, Brooks, Asics, New Balance, Reebok…you name it, I owned it. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the infamous ‘rejects’ that, when times were tough, this red-headed kid sported.
Throughout my daily journey, wherever I happen to be, I look at what people are sporting on their feet (no, I’m not talkin’ a foot fetish here) I’m talking about checking out which sneakers people are wearing.
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