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    Officially Retired from sneakers

    Yeah. Of course I know what you guys are talking about and saying, and what people generally seem to define as sneaker culture. I just, when I think about it, don’t truly see it as an accurate term, but rather a type of consumer good that has a lot of people who like to buy it. If I collect...
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    Officially Retired from sneakers

    That's what I'm saying. What exactly is the culture outside of people flexing on social media and buying and reselling? And the latter is more commerce than culture. Call it the crappy culture of sneaker commerce. But sure, for people going to sneaker shows, conventions, whatever else there is...
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    Jordan 1 High Black Toe Reimagined - October 18, 2024

    I think the sig is silly and unnecessary but that's really the only thing I don't like on these, and yeah, it's not going to be obviously visible when you wear them. I like the AIR JORDAN (we've established I am in the minority LOL), and the aged soles don't bother me much either way. Will...
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    Officially Retired from sneakers

    Of course, I suppose I have to consider being on NT something at least sort of akin to a culture, but I look at "culture" as something more significant than liking to buy a type of material object. This website is literally the only place I really ever discuss any of this stuff with anyone. Away...
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    Nike Air Flight Lite II retro looks to be coming

    Yeah, it was quite strange to me at the time, too. I'd see loads of NBA players wearing all manner of low colorways, but I never could find them anywhere. That's why the white/red Pips were such a ghost of a grail to me for all those decades till we finally got 'em. It's possible the...
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    Officially Retired from sneakers

    I always feel like there is no such thing as sneaker culture. More like sneaker commerce. The commerce is the only thing that changes: How popular with the masses are shoes like the ones made by Nike and other athletic-wear companies, how much do shoes cost, how many are made, and how many...
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    Nike Air Flight Lite II retro looks to be coming

    I never understood what was up with how Nike released this shoe originally. The launch white/green/orange pair is the only pair I ever remember seeing in stores in metro Detroit. And I don’t think I ever saw the lows in person in any colorway.
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    HOLIDAY 2021 - Cool Grey 11

    I wore my pair … once … six months ago.
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    Air Jordan 5 OG “Black Metallic” Reimagined 2025 !

    What a clownshow. I was thinking about selling my basically DS Off Whites since I'd rather just have the real metallics, but now I'm gonna have to wait to see. But I have zero interest in reflective teeth and piping. The eff is even going on out there in Beaverton these days, man? :smh:
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    Nike Air Max Uptempo '95 Retro Vol. Duncan, Garnett, Pippen

    Finally. Haven't had them since the 2011 release. Skipped the 2016 or whatever it was release and have regretted it ever since.
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    Nike Air Flight Lite II retro looks to be coming

    That's kinda wild. If this run is anything like the first, it's a good thing you can pick through the shoes at the outlet to find one decent pair :lol:
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    Nike Air Flight Lite II retro looks to be coming

    I didn't understand that colorway when it dropped originally, and I don't understand it now. I hate that version of these :lol:
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    NIKE KOBE VI PROTRO - 2021

    🤦‍♂️
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    Jordan 1 High Black Toe Reimagined - October 18, 2024

    That message and signature are a clown show :lol:
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    Nike Air Flight 89: now on NIKEiD

    Hmmm. They go about it in a strange, seemingly backward way, then. They’ve released Flight 89s up the wazoo in the past five years or whatever. And released them as mostly trash in terms of colorways and materials. The model sells OK here and there, it seems, but rarely like gangbusters. It’s...
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    Nike Air Flight 89: now on NIKEiD

    I guess this is true in many ways but as I’ve said before, I don’t get why it can’t be both. Drop all the silly collabs you want but not at the expense of doing justice to the classic colorways.
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    Official Air Jordan 1 Retro High Thread Vol: Best Model/Thread

    That wasn’t the joke. See the “Carolina” 9 thread :lol:
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    Official Air Jordan 1 Retro High Thread Vol: Best Model/Thread

    Better brace yourself for dressing like that. Everyone knows you can’t wear those shoes with UNC shorts because the blues aren’t an exact match. @1978S :rofl:
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    Nike Air Flight 89: now on NIKEiD

    I will never understand that phenomenon :rofl:
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    Jordan III x J Balvin Rio - May 22, 2024

    That EP :sick::smh::rofl::stoneface:
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