Did you know that you can customize Nike sneakers? This feature — NIKEiD — has been around for almost ten years. In 2008, I designed a pair of sneakers so awesome that when I was wearing them people routinely came up to me — on the street, in restaurants and stores — to ask about them. They looked like a pair of black and white saddle shoes supported by orange rocket boosters. Think about that.
Now think about my despair when Nike discontinued the model. Looking back, I wish I had ordered 50 pairs of those sneakers to see me through my expected lifetime. It would have been a modest investment — possibly even a smart investment when inflation is considered. I could have stored them at U-Store . . . in Hyattsville.
But I didn’t. So every year, I scour the Nike website — which gets more and more complicated without getting faster or better — looking for a similar sneaker.
I haven’t found one, but I found these in March — and am delighted with them.
Perhaps you need a different angle on the sneakers.
I like a lot of cushioning in my sneakers. I want to feel like I am walking on bubbles, or clouds, or lyric poems.
I’ve never understood the barefoot-Paleo-running trend. Paleo man had an average lifespan of 35 years, and spent that life running from predators and after food. He wasn’t running for exercise. There is no scientific evidence suggesting that his ankles and feet wouldn’t have been completely wrecked by decade five — which I am deep into — had he lived that long. Also: Broken glass!
Here I am, embarking on a bubble-walk.
If I have not previously shared my philosophy of exercise clothes, I shall do so now: black, grey, and white. I know that may seem grim, but black and white don’t show perspiration. The grey adds a little color.
Those are my serious exercise sneakers.
Here are my fun sneakers, which I did design using Nike ID.
The Photographer said, “They sort of look like bowling shoes.”
As if that’s a bad thing. I love bowling shoes.
Just the thing for weekend errands in the neighborhood and watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
Whilst The Photographer adjusts various settings, there are lots of test shots. Sometimes the test shots are better than the posed shots; they frequently cover a range of emotions.
Colorful sneakers: Nike FlyKnit Air Max, still available and on sale; Black & White sneakers: Nike Cortez iD