Thirteen years ago there weren't little goobers running around talking about the sneaker "game". It was just collecting sneakers. There was no need for all of this mixing and matching this designer brand with that designer brand. A guy could simply wear his favorite sneakers with a hoodie/jeans or a sweater/jeans and be done with it.
Of course, thirteen years ago there was no YouTube. And there was no need for the "look at me, look at me" subculture that is really prevelant among Gen Y. It's this heightened sense of materialism, to where every single thing in your life has to be a BRAND. When I was a kid, I couldn't get Jordans or Air Max. But I also didn't get the imposing feeilng from peers that I needed "swag" to fit in.
As great as these modern technological times are, the downside is that we're stuck with mouth-breathers making videos about every freaking thing they own and brand checking. Just seems like people should have some humility about things. At the end of the day, what does any of that crap matter? It doesn't identify you or who you are, what kind of education you have, what films you've seen, what books you've read, what music knowledge you have.
To me, these types of threads are he NT equivelent of Honey Boo-Boo. Kind of a re-affirmation of the idea that kicks are awesome and finding and owning your favorite kicks is one of the best feelings a sneaker lover can have. But, don't be a train wreck. Because people will stop and look --- and comment.
so you're claiming there weren't kids following trends back then? you mentioned it, there were no instagram tumblr back then...i'm willing to bet it would be exactly the same......these are just kids doing what kids do....we may find it amusing but most of us had that phase