In 2015, a video clip surfaced of a man awkwardly interacting and goading a police officer. At the climax and potential conflict of the video clip, the man approaches the police officer and emphatically points at the police officer’s non-nondescript black work boots and exclaims the now infamous catch phrase, “What are thooose?”
The expression What are thoooose? is now a contemporary cultural icon signifying the disrespectful acknowledgement of someone wearing footwear that is unpopular or undesirable.
In 2018, a random student in the hallway approached me, pointed at my sneakers and vigorously remarked, “Mr. Zool, What are thoooose?”
Before channeling my inner Dominic Toretto and responding, “You had me? You never had me. You never had your sneakers,” I took the moral high road and casually replied, “These are New Balance 1500s, thank you for noticing.”
Here is a snap of said Toretto-invoking New Balance 1500 kicks.
Real sneakerheads recognize that in addition to the Earth’s rotation, diversity, innovation, and fly kicks keep the sneaker world turning.
Below is a series of personal sneakers that could be (mis)construed as What are thoooose? kicks.
Li Ning Way of Wade 5 camo.
Puma Blaze of Glory X Careaux.
Fragment X Nike Air Trainer 1.
Adidas Pure Boost RW.
As Sneakerhead Toretto once said, “Ask any sneakerhead. Any real sneakerhead. It don’t matter if you have one pair or a hundred. A good sneaker’s a good sneaker.”
Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner What are thoooose? kicks.