by Gerald Flores

When was the last time you were REALLY excited about a pair of sneakers?

For one enthusiast, it was 1987 and it was over the best Christmas gift he ever had: a pair of original Nike Air Max 1s. His parents even captured evidence of his convulsive freak out over the shoes, which his family still talks about over 25 years later.

“I was extremely passionate about shoes. I would even sit and draw shoes. I was really into it,” recalled JG Carver, the boy in the above video who was in the sixth grade at the time. Now a business-owner in Alabama, Carver says his excitement over the Christmas gift grew from an elaborate set up from his mother, father, and uncle.

“My parents assured me that I would never be able to get a pair of shoes like those,” he said. “And you saw what happened.”

Carver isn’t into sneakers like he used to be, but his love for that Air Max 1 was so strong that he bought another pair on eBay five years ago. Unfortunately they disintegrated soon after he put them on his feet.

“I’m a little more mature, but I’m still passionate about shoes,” he said.