“The sneaker hype makes no sense!” says GenX to Millennials
A note (of apology) from the editor:
We all know that one angry old man that yells at clouds yeah? Well, I know one that yells at sneakers. The first (& hopefully last) entry in our “Angry Old Man Yells at Sneakers” Series, we have Jaaved sharing his rants; debating Skechers & Yeezys; while using words like “bae” & “doxxed”. Yes 🤦
Before y’all try to cancel me, hear me out please.
I’m a child of the 80s, arguably the greatest musical decade ever (me. hill. death). The decade that gave us Michael J Fox in all his glory, Super Mario Bros and Reebok Pumps.
I owned a few pairs of Reebok Pumps and even rocked LA Gear sneakers well into the 90s. One of my all time favourites was my Karl Malone The Mailman sneakers with flashes of gold, white and purple. I don’t recall ever owning any LA Lights but I won’t deny wanting a pair at some point. Don’t judge me: it was the 80s after all.
So it’s clear that I’ve owned sneakers, worn sneakers and loved sneakers, and that my opinion isn’t baseless. It’s just that my view of them now is the same as it was when I was a kid: they’re just shoes to me.
And I know this statement is enough to get me doxxed because that’s what the kids do these days when there’s an opinion they don’t agree with.
But I’m no old man shouting at a cloud though. I do appreciate advances in shoe technology but all I see are a bunch of shoes that are essentially reboots of classics from days gone by. Yawn?
Back in the 80s, sneakers were all the rage because they were new and as kids, you didn’t know any better and just wore whatever your folks slapped on your feet. You could be wearing a pair of knock off Nike Air Max and wouldn’t know any better. I know I didn’t.
I once forked out $180 for a pair of Skechers (back before they were the choice of footwear of senior citizens the world over) and that was enough to make my wallet go into hibernation for a year. That was my best pair ever, and it wasn’t even a typical sneaker or even typical Skechers shoe. I chose it because it was comfortable. It didnt look bad either but from the moment I laced up those bad boys, I felt some kind of way.
I’ve never looked back, having bought a new pair of Skechers every 2 years since. Because I value comfort over style.
Maybe this is why I don’t get the hype around sneakers in this day and age? Is it because as time has gone by along with my hairline, I’ve prized comfort over style, foregoing footwear that is Instagrammable? Quite possibly. I did own a pair of Clarks at one point too.
I hear you arguing your Yeezy’s are comfy af but are Yeezy’s even a sneaker? Looks like someone weaved some fabric together and called it a shoe.
Oh no, I’ve said too much.
So help me out here kids, tell me why sneakers are bae. (do you even say this anymore?) because as far as I’m concerned, y’all are wasting your money on shoes when you should be spending it on avocado toast.