I was a sophomore in high school, and these were the official “Back to School Shoes”. I remember begging my parents to get them and I even considered giving up my reproductive organs if needed to obtain these shoes. I remember my mom telling me, “I love you to much to buy you those shoes, it’s not that I can’t afford them but paying $200for a pair of shoes is not wise.” and I would reply but “Everyone else is going to have them” and to that she would reply “How many of those kids are on free or reduced lunch?”
You would think that growing up as the only son of two parents who were medical professionals would mean I got whatever I wanted. However, my parents are Nigerian so I might as well have been born into poverty. I did eventually get those shoes, but I had to hustle like 3 illegal immigrants to get them.
Fast forward to this past Saturday. I was getting a manicure and pedicure with my sisters, when I decided to stroll down to the DTLR (Downtown Locker Room) and to my surprise I saw that they had re-released these shoes. They were out of my budget at $118 dollars but for a chance to recapture some of my youth I made an impulse buy. I may still return them but for now they sure are nice to look at. Funny thing to note, back in high school, when I was about 260-275 lbs I wore these in a size 13, the pair i bought on Saturday was an 11.5. You really do lose weight all over.
The nu-buck suede, and the seamless design hug your feet. The Nike Zoom Air™ unit in the sole provides responsive cushioning that makes it an elite basketball shoe.