The Mogul Lounge Presents #ClassiclyCool Conversations
Written by Danny P Ocean on November 25, 2018
For those of you that know me, you know I LOVE a fresh pair of kicks. This habit goes back about 30 some odd years ago to my first pair of Air Jordans. I happened to stumble upon my shoe affair, actually. See before I got my first pair of Bones I had a pair of Payless Shoes called “Eagles”. Now little did I know that I had a knockoff pair of Jordans. All I wanted was some Payless kicks like kids in the hood had. They put those fat Puma neon laces in them and was winning the fresh category. So dammit I had to do the same. I harassed my moms until she took me to Payless to cop a pair of “Eagles.”
Ya boy couldn’t wait to stunt in the hood with my “Eagles!” I bought a pair of neon green laces and put them in my white and blue “Eagles!” The last time I felt so alive was when I used to wear my Zips from Stride Rite. I tossed on my sneaks and off I went to Jackie Robinson’s basketball court. Stuntin hard! I felt like a ghetto star when all the kids gathered around to look at my kicks. However, they thought I on “Air Jordans.”
“What are these Air Jordans you speak of?” I thought to myself. The homies just looked at my sneakers and said… “Oh them ain’t the Jordans. I don’t know what those are!!”
I’m like Fam… “these the Eagles!” “The muthafuckin Eagles!!!!”
Hahahaha, they laughed.
And just like that my stuntin turned into a stumble.
As soon as I walked in the door, I told Ma Dukes I had to get some Jordans. She said, “what are those?”
“Another pair of tennis shoes,” I responded.
“Nah, wait for school to get another pair of shoes!!”
So I waited and waited. When it was time to get another pair of school shoes, I immediately told her I wanted some Air Jordans. When we got to Athlete’s Foot I saw a lifesize cut-out poster of Michael Jordan wearing the AIR JORDANS! I had to get them. Even though moms tripped on the $65 price tag, she copped them. And from that moment on my shoe obsession was in full effect and never faded.
At that point, I could talk kicks all day, every day. So it was a pleasure to discuss shoes with MSX Todd and Sho3tym on the first episode of #ClassiclyCool Conversations. We talked Jordans, Yeezys, Vans, LeBrons, and many other shoes. And also chopped it up about the current route shoe collecting has taken the last few years.
The 3 of us already plotting on Episode II of #ClassiclyCool Conversations, but until then press play and join me as I take a stroll down memory lane talking shoes!!