It’s not that I needed these original Nike Aqua Socks, it’s that they were in a size 12 and I felt like it was destiny to buy them. I don’t even know how a memory of my first pair triggered a google search, but it did, and now I have a hot pink version of some old foot technology being shipped across the continental US to Brooklyn. I probably won’t even wear these, since I remember how the top of the sock used to pinch my foot nonstop. And they’re hot pink. But I’ll try them on once, just to remember a warm day in the late 1980s at my grandparents’ pool in Marco Island, Florida. I guess I bought them for that memory, and the fact that I didn’t want anyone else who wears a size 12 to have them.
Converse recently gave Buff Monster, Andrew Schoultz, Jersey Joe, and Bwana Spoons a classic blank canvas to work with, the iconic Chuck Taylor. The results of their creativity are now on street level display in the latest custom Converse Graphic Editions series. Full of familiar elements from each of the artist’s work, the shoes retail at $80 and can be customized for your own personal collaboration.
There was a Puma shoe that was very popular with graffiti writers in DC in the early 90s. It was worn by those who didn’t wear gazelles or had moved on from gazelles, and came in an assortment of colors. I think our friend Roger Gastman had purple? From the look of this Icra Trainer model, Puma might be bringing that shoe back. Or maybe this is that shoe? 20+ years of footwear leaves holes in the memory.
Dunking was banned in the NCAA from 1967 to 1976. Most people attribute the ruling to the dominance of 7 ft. 2 in. Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Here’s a funny little video with Kareem and Bobby “The Bounce Pass” Mitchowski (Glenn Howerton)about the ridiculous ruling.
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