Mr Jack Johnson
I said that about MJ, twelve. That is because I remember when the Bird version of those Weapons came out, Black and White, and people were embarrassed to buy them. Isiah had the White and Blue Weapons, and people got those, but not the Birds.
Black shoes were considered the Celtics and ugly. We didn't even like Black Chuck Taylor's!
MJ changed alla' dat'.
Now Kobe has done the opposite...Lakers shoes with his sig...suck!
WHOA! Kobe wore alot of shoes Rock! That didn't hurt the sales of those shoes, they just weren't identified with KOBE BRYANT.
As soon as the name was put on those shoes, they sat on shelves, and hit outlets ala the 2K5s and the Maps that you spoke of.
You cannot have it both ways...
I mean, maybe that's sort of true, but it's missing the whole point, at least to me. I don't give a hell what other people are wearing. Honestly, have you seen the cats rocking the retro J line? 19-year-old kids with huge @#%$ hoodies and ugly jeans made by bad rappers. I'm not trying to be like the rest of the shoe heads, and I could care less if Kobe sells well. You know why? Because his shoes perform
. The 2K Huraches were Kobes, and they were classic on court shoes. Kobe 1 and Kobe 2 are almost universally praised as some of the best basketball shoes ever made.
I don't wear this athletic gear socially. If you rock some bball shoes with jeans and a tee shirt and you think you have style, that's fine. Make sure you get the XXXXXXXXXL size tee, too. That's definitely a nice look.
I buy this stuff and I'm on Niketalk to see how the gear plays
on the court. So, if you wanna get your fifteen pairs of Js or Brons and put them in the closet and talk about the resell value or say the Kobes went to the discount section a week before, that's (a) your call and (b) pretty pathetic. If I want to invest, I'm calling my broker. If I want to ball, I'll wear my Kobes. The rest of ya'll that only care about wearing the latest trendy @#%$ to make other guys
look at your feet... @#%$, you can have that game.
It's just depressing when the best line of performance shoes is being @#%$ on because it isn't selling well. I don't care if idiots didn't buy it. Just better prices for me when they do go on clearance. You know what? NSYNC had the best selling album a few years back. Girls rocked UGG boots every single second. That doesn't mean either of those things had merit. It just means people bought whatever the crowd did.
EDIT: This isn't a slam on you, Mr. Jack Johnson, I just used your comments as a springboard to my rant. No offense!