When I was a youngster, I liked and owned Jordan 5 Grapes when they were simply referred to by their purple and green colourway.
When I was in high school, I liked and owned suede LA Gear Street Hikers and Fila F-13s, both in a black colourway.
When my friends transitioned into wearing Stoneridge dress shoes as young adults, I still liked and owned retro Js.
And now as a father and educator, carefully woven in between my rotation of Js, I like and own a diverse range of kicks including lesser known silhouettes like the Karhu Aria and Puma Blaze of Glory.
For as long as sneakers have been a mainstay in my life, I have always prided myself in liking the less hyped sneakers. Not as an intentional process, but more as a form of creative expression.
Take for example this pair of Atmos inspired Nike Air Safari.
Formally referred to as the Nike Air Safari SE 8000, this pair of kicks is pretty much as GR as Guns N’ Roses, yet has all the makings of a grail status pair of sneaks. It is an OG 1987 Tinker silhouette and has Atmos DNA infused through out its genetic composition.
Shout out to my former co-worker extraordinaire Andrea for providing this pair of sneakers for me. I’ll never forget you and our OG days working together.
Andrea, you are like the Air Max 1 of the teaching profession. Innovative, timeless, and forever remembered.
In this day and age of social media likes and digital recognition, the one characteristic in my sneaker life that remains constant is very De La Soul-esque; it’s just me, myself, and I.
I like what I like.