Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by RFX45, Aug 18, 2012.
Damn thanks for that wj4. and as I said before, your streetwear x menswear game is on point.
me too ... havent had jordans since high school for bball lol. but i grabbed gtown colorway
Haha, no worries, man. I guess it plays into the Hip Hop culture of staying fresh and have something rare too because it boggles my mind that kids are willing to pay $1000 for some Nikes because they're limited. That's like paying mark up on a special edition Toyota Corolla.
I'm not sure when the hype started because in high school and college all Jordans made it to a sale or some sort. Now you're trying to get a chance to pay retail...craziness.
We probably the same age. I had the same experience and theory on nikes these days.
I'm 27. I got into shoes in elementary school when I saw MJ balled in the 11. Mom couldn't afford $120 sneakers for me back then so I had the Big 5 Nikes. That was the golden era IMO, all sorts of wild and bulky design. When I walked into a sneaker store it was like a kid into a candy store. I got out during the mid to late 2000s after college and unloaded my collection. Now I just buy for laughs and kicks (no pun intended).
I think right now is the golden age. We still get all the old releases and Nike has been on a tear in terms of innovation (Flyknits for example). We didn't have that 15 years ago.
Quality is piss poor though, even for Nike at outrageous prices. Cardboard under the insole of the latest retro Jordans and Foamposites without full length zoom because it's a "sportswear" model though the price is the same? Lame.
Nike is really killing it in terms of the new materials like fly wire and such though. I read that it costs very little to produce and requires not so much labor time as well so profit margin is sky high.
You can't even get a nice retro model just by walking in the store anymore. This is why I refer to that time as the "golden era". You can walk in and get whatever shoes you want. No one lined up or wake up on release date at 5AM to buy kicks. And there were a lot of dope kicks out, ie the Barkleys, Garnets, the first Jumpmans that players like Eddie Jones wore, the Jason Kidd with the bug eyes, the Pippens, and even beyond Nike, Reebok was crushing it with Shaq and Shawn Kemp's shoes and eventually Iverson's line.
Half the colorways that come out now would've been called variants back in the early 2000s hands down. Nike is the king of marketing and they know the new kids are their primary target, the hype beasts. They drop some limited stuff and attach a story to it and kids eat it up. Oh besides playing in the NBA, Durant wanted to be a weatherman so we'll make a weatherman edition of his shoes or let's make the CAVS version of the 4s since Jordan wore that model when he made the clutch shot even though he never played for the CAVS.
It used to be fun tracking down your childhood favorite shoes and cop the OG version of whatever, but now eveything is due for a retro sooner or later. Prices keep rising and quality keeps declining. Sooner or later retro Js are gonna hit $200 per pair which is pretty expensive considering they were only $125 a decade ago.
Aside from the Frees, what does everyone else use to run or train in? I kept hearing good things about the Frees so I bought a pair months ago. They're comfy shoes to walk and run lightly in, but the shoes suck when you full out sprint at more than 10 mph. I have gone back to ugly looking Asics for that matter and use the Frees for leisure jogging. Aside from having to double tie the laces since they come loose quite easily, they're alright for that task.
I agree with you regarding the marketing and the golden era. (I'm 24) I don't mond the hype surrounding "shoe game", I just wish getting hands on a pair of Jordan's in my favorite OG colorways didn't cost as much as MMMs or Anna Ds. But I guess the two go hand in hand.
I'm not a big time runner but I've been running in the flyknit lunar ones and love them a lot.
I went from Nike, to Brooks, to Saucs and eventually landed in Newtons. They're the only shoe where I've basically been injury free in.
I love my Nike Pegasus, they are probably my favorite running shoe I've ever owned.
I too have to stick to my ugly ass Asics for any serious running. Why Nike hasn't put out a shoe with ANY sort of motion control, I don't understand.
I sprint all the time in frees I don't understand the complaint, you see what racing shoes look like?
Anyways agree that the golden age was 80s-90s, so many good shoes out back then and they felt substantial without the stupid hype and rainbow bright hybrid garbage editions etc. Flight 89s were some of my faves.
I have been wearing the hell out of my frees and flyknits (OG? Orange - I really don't like the way the ankle padding on all the new ones looks) this summer. The flyknits have become a go-to travel shoe. Super lightweight, they look pretty cool when they're laced loosely, they're comfy for walking, I can hike in them, and I've been wearing them to do insanity. I don't wear them for actual running, though, as I know I've mentioned before.
Frees have seen a lot of wear as well, but I can't really run in them, let alone sprint. I tried doing suicides in them once - changing directions makes it feel like I'm ice skating on spoons. I wear them a lot around town, though. Based on how much I've enjoyed these two pairs (first nike trainers ever), I am definitely buying a pair of the Freeknits, but will wait for sales for sure.
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