Amen to that.
Michael Jordan and Nike revolutionize sneaker culture making it acceptable to wear sneakers instead of shoes. I heard Kanye on the Sway show saying he made wearing Retro Jordans popular pause. Kanye ain't drop an album till 2004, Nike has been releasing Retro Jordans since 1999. How Kanye going pull a race card when Jordan, Penny, Barkley, Kobe, James, and Durant is African Americans; Nike is taking good care of them. Dr. King, Malcolm X and Garvey fought for freedom and equal rights. Kanye is fighting for media exposure, hype and money please don't use the race card to justify for acting like a ass
I agree with you...but there is some truth to what he is saying...alot of the retroes from past years never sold out or were as hard to get as they are now. Jordan 1s selling out...that never happened until pics of him wearing them appeared. People hated the retro one and the two until people like Kanye and other quote on quite celebrities started wearing them.The same thing with the foamposite when wale started wearing them....foams sat in stores..and the same thing with Jordan's...I know it's hard to imagine that now in this day and age but it's true. He has helped breathe life back into the sneaker game..whether we like it or not....but people like him also have hurt the game more than they have helped it. So I guess we'll see what happens now that he's not with Nike anymore...but Nike is smart because now all the signature athletes get Jordan's not just Jordan brand athletes, which is something Jordan brand didn't use to do either...so as long as the hype remains Nike will find someone to replace Kanye.
Cosign both points. Foamposites did sell for the most part but the price slows their flight somewhat since they're routinely among the most expensive shoes on the market from an MSRP standpoint now and they were the most expensive when they debuted back in the mid 90s. Wale did indeed lead renaissance with foams. Jordan retros started blowing up when the XIs first retroed but celebs did a major role in generating hype for that market too. Kanye didn't start the demand but he is a major figure in the hype game.
I disagree. And retro Jordans began in 1994 NOT '99. Retros sold fine without celebrities. Not like they sat for years after release.
CELEBRITIES (Non-athletes) have literally NEVER ONCE influenced the purchase of any pair of shoes I own. I could give 2 shits about what's worn on the red carpet or in front of cameras that are handed out like candy to folks makin millions that brands want em to wear as free advertising. I don't not ever will own any of Kanye's shitty music or Wale's for that matter (at least he's a true sneaker collector rockin older releases on the regular from what I hear) & that "scene" has never changed or affected my choices when buying kicks.
That shit may work on some younger impressionable minds (that likely didn't watch Jordan, Pippen, Barkley, Robinson, Griffey, Sanders, Rice, etc. in their prime) but it makes no difference to me.
...and WTF does any of this hafta do with some one of a kind 18.5 PEs??