Ruffin51's Top 51: Celebrating 6 Years on Niketalk

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Wattup everybody......

Today marks 6 years that I've been posting on Niketalk. Time flies. Thanks to the Niketalk community and all the cool peeps.

This ain't a collection post and it ain't my 51 favorite shoes ever. It's my 51 favorite shoes I own. Enjoy.

Hands down my favorite shoe I own. I traded YTV the wheat Dunk SB high (not my size) for these which ended up being a bad value for me moneywise after a few years, but collectionwise it was a no brainer...no regrets. The shoe I'd save if I could only have one. Mine have no yellowing, which is rare.

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KTown offered me a pair for $125 shipped and I slept for...gasp...the VI lows, which I sold later. I ended up paying over $400 but I have them in a size 13, which not a lot of people can say.


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No words needed.

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My only SBs. I love these, and I just copped an LRG track jacket that will kill them.

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I bought these and received an empty box in the mail. Later the same seller had another pair and I got 'em. Either he stiffed me the first time or the mailman is rockin' some fly joints. Either way, I have a pair and that's what counts.

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Another one I'm lucky to have in size 13

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Grabbed these 94 mids from DJ AM. I love, love, love 'em.

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I love NB's and the 997 is one of my favorite models...I wish I had some of the wild colorways to wear.

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No B-Grades here...

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Another cheap used eBay pickup that I love to wear! Nothing like a pair of canvas highs with nylon tongues.

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Butter leather and leather straps....

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These go down as classics for the heavy mesh usage and the colorway....

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I remember sitting at my aunt's in Grand Rapids, MI and picking up the Eastbay catalog with the eye on the front and seeing these. I know one or two of yall have a pair, but I don't think I ever saw anyone wear these in person, I don't think I ever saw them in stores, and I don't think Eastbay had them for long.

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Beautiful.

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I remember seeing these at Niketown Chicago and explaining to my dad how they were "cool chillin' shoes." Glad I finally got 'em years later, just incredible in person.

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The mesh, the nice leather, the colorway...just wow...

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The yellow velcro is the best detail.

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'82 OG Player Sample DS with box

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Love the mesh...Calex sent me size 12s in the size 13 box but he made it right when I caught the mistake. Always check the size tag on each shoe when you cop, kids.

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I like the CL low so much better but these will have to do because I don't have the lows....

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Too tough. People always want these online and they can never have 'em.

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I wish I had more 95s but these make up for the lack...

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Super illy green suede.

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I was super happy to get these. I go to school out in Iowa and I was still drunk up at the mall grabbin' size 13s when they were sold out online.

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Even though they're reissuing soon, nothing like OGs. My name is Charles so that makes me like them even more.

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I was really happy to get these, kinda wish I woulda grabbed two.

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A good reissue-job by Nike.

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This pair needs to be on ice for at least a few more years.

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Obligatory neon 95s. These are the Canadian release from a few years back so they have good Air bubbles. I wish the tongue let the laces go under the reflective strip though.

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ed me off collecting shoes and made my parents put me on a temporary "shoe limit". I bought these in 2001 from John Gotty and formed a lifelong friendship as a result....much love and respect to my dude Gotty. One of the most comfortable Nikes of all time.

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I wore/wear these pretty hard...they've been submerged in sludge water, puked on, etc...but they keep on going.

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It's hard to have a bad day with these on your feet. Now if only Nike would retro the Brazil colorway....

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I really, really, really love these Snakeskin Concords. They were in Sole Collector Issue 2.

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Rocked hard. I love these. I think the yellow laces they came with are ridiculous though.

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Dark navy with the lizard skin piece in back....I wore these today. They are 2E which sucks but I still love 'em.

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I was super happy to scoop these for $85 cash over the weekend at DTLR.

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I really love how these iD's turned out...on some Total Air Uptempo/voltage Foam tip...I was going to do the neon 95 colorway but then I just liked this better...if I can get the right hat I'll probably rock 'em one day.

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This counts for two, the royal and the red. Both illy.

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1982, 1991, 1989, 1990

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Some of my best vintage.

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Fruit flavas...2 made in England.

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-Ruf

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absolutely fantastic. thanks for sharing the words as well as the pics.
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amazing. good stuff and great to see an actual shoe lover instead of another "shoehead" on NT
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Great pics Charles, what a fantastic way to mark your 6 years here on Niketalk! Your AF1 collection is simply amazing, I'm always impressed with your passion and knowledge regarding them. For fun, I pulled out the newspaper articles you sent to me 3 or 4 years ago featuring you and your collection. One is titled "The hunt that never really ends." The other is "High times with high tops: the story of an addict." Good reads, brought back some memories!

Keep it going Ruf, update us at year 7!!

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great read/shoes
your af collection is banana sandwich...those white/purple highs are ******ed
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Congrats on six years. This post was great and I am amazed at the crazy AF1's in your fav 51.

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nice stuff, your the dude in the Sole Collector mag right. i remember the story on those 3m jewel mids. but im lovin the af1s. some pairs i see in your collect i have as well. but theres some i need. very nice stuff.
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very very very nice stuff
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Dope


****WANTED ALL DS SIZE 12....
WHITE MELVINS
IX COOL GREY
XII.. BLACK/RED
XV.. BLACK/RED XVI.. BLACK/RRD
XIX... BLACK/RRED
 
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pure appreciation from my side for this. i really like this post with such a great selection ... all of your stuff is really on top so i'm not even trying to mention single ones. also i really like reading your comments on every of your shoes. thats what makes collection shoes so special to a certain degree. every pair come with its own memories where you got it from and what it means to you. ahhh and i hate you for these 3m mids :D
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nice collection
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My football coach is always wearing those blue/orange NYC Mid's, yet he has no idea how much I would like a pair for myself.
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Love the Flights and Revolutions... Colored suede NBs as well... (I had the baby-blue pair as a kid...) Dope....
 
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