|My pair of Air Jordan Retro 4's.|
I remember putting them on as soon as we got home, I then proceeded to wear them almost everyday into the spring and summer. By the end of the summer, my 4's were used up pretty good. There were scuff marks all over them, the bottoms were worn out and they were no longer the glowing white sneakers I pulled out of the box earlier in the year. As my freshman year of high school quickly approached, it occurred to me that it would have been the perfect shoes to wear for the first day of school... back then, the idea of putting sneakers "on ice" was not on my radar. Instead the sneakers I wore for the first day of high school were a pair of white on black Adidas Forums, not a bad second choice but nowhere near the dopeness of the 4's.
Getting my first pair of Air Jordan's is a great memory, I remember it like it was yesterday. For sneakerheads, there are always a variety of reasons for liking and purchasing sneakers, sometimes it's the color or the style, sometimes it's the need to want to shine or fit in and sometimes buying a pair of retro sneakers brings you back to a time when life was a little easier.
I fell in love with sneakers that day. That was the day everything changed, that was the day I became a sneakerhead... and although it would be another 3 years before I showed the tendencies of a sneakerhead, that day the seed was planted. Don't ever be ashamed of being a sneakerhead, say it loud and wear them proud. Sometimes our reasons for purchasing all these sneakers in our closet don't have to be explained to anyone, sometimes it's just known to you and that's okay.
(CLICK HERE FOR A HISTORY OF THE AIR JORDAN 4)