If you skated in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s, then you are familiar with the golden-age of the basketball shoe as a skateboarding shoe. We would pick up discounted pairs of air-force ones and b&w Adidas at Marshall’s and TJ Max(x) and skate them into the ground. They were cheaper than ‘skate shoes’, and lasted much longer. By 1993, funky soles and the ‘air’ trend had ruined basketball shoes for skaters everywhere.
Nike hasn’t forgotten, and now has a rubust line of skate shoes – many of which are nearly identical to those classic flat-bottom hoops shoes we all loved. I picked up a pair a few months ago, and they simply rock. And while I didn’t get the color I wanted (see below), I am very happy with both the function and fashion of these shoes. 5 stars!
I really wanted these – I mean, talk about fresh: