I feel I must preface this particular blog by saying that this is Collin writing. I say that for 3 reasons: 1.My wife is a blog-a-holic and has written all but 1 of the blogs on here (just kidding about the blog-a-holic thing baby, I love you!) 2.I can guarantee you won’t be impressed with what I am about to write about as I’m sure you are with what Kristin writes. 3.If you don’t know what company’s logo is “Just Do It”, or have no idea what a “Swoosh” is, you may want to just skip this one…
So, without further ado… From the time I was in about 4th grade up until about the middle of high school I was obsessed with shoes. No, I don’t mean Gucci, Prada….or whatever else brand of high-end Italian footwear may cross your mind. I’m talking about athletic shoes, particularly NIKE. See, I went to a private school in middle and high school and we wore uniforms (which really wasn’t as bad as you might think). So, one of the only ways to show any sort of style, was shoes. I can remember (as I’m sure my parents can) getting so excited to get new shoes. We would go to the mall and I would have butterflies in my stomach just thinking about what shoes I wanted to get. I know that’s really weird, but it was fun for me. I used to want the best Nike’s I could find. And Nike was the only brand, anything else was a “knock-off”(wow, what a snob I used to be). In fact, up until a few years ago, Nike was the only brand of shoe I bought. It was a very tough (but economical) decision for me to buy a pair of Saucony shoes a couple years ago.
It wasn’t like I was the only one that was this way though. I mean, all my friends had to have cool shoes too. In fact, one of the “cool” things we used to do was trade shoes with each other for a class period. It was like we were “test-driving” each other’s shoes for comfort, style, and to see if they helped us run faster. Another thing I used to do was, I would have my mom pull out the Oshman’s(now Sports Authority) ad out of the paper every Sunday just so I could look at the shoes they had. I also never wanted my parents to throw any of my shoes away because I was sure that if I kept them they would be worth some money someday…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Anyways, I saw on the “inter-web” today that the new Michael Jordan shoes are coming out soon. Now, back in middle school, I would have been ecstatic to hear this news. But I truly feel that Nike hit it’s peak of quality styled shoes back in the mid-90’s (when I was in middle school, of course). I started reminiscing about all the pairs of shoes I used to have or just really admired from back then and began searching for them on the internet. As you will see, I have compiled a list of the Top 5 styled Nike shoes of all time, in my opinion. Some of them I owned, some I didn’t.
#1 Air Jordan XI 1995-1996
#2 Chris Webber Nike Air Max Sensation 1996
I didn’t own this shoe either, but this was somewhat of a revolutionary shoe. Reason being was that it was one of the first Nike shoes to have a full visible Air Pocket in the ball of your foot part of the shoe.
This was my all time favorite shoe that I owned. I don’t think Nike has ever made another type of shoe like this one. It’s kind of hard to tell in the picture but the whole black velcro looking strap actually comes completely off the shoe. You could actually interchange different color straps making it almost look like you had a different shoe. I had about 3 or 4 different color straps. I put a picture of a red strap on there just so you can see what it looks off of the shoe. I had these shoes in 8th grade and completely wore them out. I literally wore the sole down to where you could see the inside of the shoe. Probably because I played basketball every single day in these. For those of you unfamiliar with air pockets, you can actually pop them only once and you will hear the air being released from them, usually making a soft sound like it would if you were to slowly release air from the corner opening of a Ziploc bag. Well, my family and I were camping in the Smoky Mountains, and one morning we woke up and were sitting around the campfire talking. I had my legs stretched out in front of me near the fire and all of a sudden…BOOM!!! We heard what sounded like a shotgun, and my leg when up in the air about 3 feet. Haha! I was wearing these shoes and they were so close to the fire that the heat caused my air pocket to explode. No one was hurt and it was hilarious.
I did not own this shoe but these were one of the first Nike shoes that had an air pocket along the entire bottom of the shoe (if you haven’t figured it out, it was all about the air pockets). The colors and style of this shoe were amazing.
This shoe was huge back when Penny and Shaq played together for the Magic. I actually entered a 2 on 2 basketball tourney with a friend of mine that was being sponsored by Penny Hardaway. We didn’t make it very far but we had fun.