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(Almost) Imagine(d)- Nike SB GTS Return Safari

Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

While I’m certain Albert Einstein wasn’t referring to the current state of the sneaker industry, certain aspects of his thoughts still ring true.  

Imagine if there were no more resellers?

Imagine if Air Jordan 1s of all colours and sizes were readily available at retail pricing?

Imagine if you didn’t have to wake up at 3AM to purchase kicks you really wanted?

Imagine if people actually liked kicks based solely on individual interpretation of aesthetics and performance?

If we did imagine said scenarios, then we might find a sneaker like the Nike SB GTS Return Safari in our shopping cart. 

Nike SB GTS Return- Added to cart

With little resale value, minimal correlation to an Air Jordan 1 or SB dunk, plentiful availability, and most importantly a beautiful amalgamation of Tinker’s safari inspired work coupled with a revised tooling of the original SB GTS design, the Nike SB GTS Safari captures the imagination of sneakerheads around the world. 

Nike SB GTS Return- Imagine the possibilities of a new silhouette.

Here are five reasons the Nike SB GTS Return Safari fell into my shopping cart. 

  1. It is an aesthetically pleasing sneaker.  The combination of a slim profile midsole and sloping toe box make this pair the total package. 
  2. I am old.  A pair like this blends old school vibes with new school design using redesigned modern tooling.
  3. The Nike SB GTS Return is a low key flex.  It’s a statement sneaker that conveys you know your sneakers, but don’t blindly follow hype culture. How many Moms have accidentally purchased a pair of Jordan 1 mids for their children thinking they finally were able to score a pair of OG kicks for retail pricing?  I don’t envision this case of mistaken identity happening for the SB GTS Return. 
  4. The price is right. Well not right, but much better than a Jordan-hype taxed sneaker.  
  5. Imagining something new is what makes wearing sneakers fun again. Buying the same retro kicks in different colours gets a bit stale sometimes. 

Regrettably, the Nike SB GTS Return has fallen out of my shopping cart and will not be rooming with the Solefullylaced collection.

The toe box looks amazing, but does not feel amazing. It appears to be a low to medium grade synthetic material and falls well short of its premium designation.

My pair also has significant glue stains on the uppers and outsoles. Hopefully this is a one-off issue with quality control and won’t be an issue for remaining pairs.

Imagine a premium pair of kicks unnoticed by the general sneaker population?

I’m still imagining.

Stay Solefullylaced,

Kev Zool

Published in Keville


  1. ralph zool ralph zool

    pretty sure people will notice this. looks like an id.
    it’s like ace ventura but in a shoe

    • kev zool kev zool

      This pair had so much potential.

      If only the materials were better quality.

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