I’ve had these shoes for 6 years. When I came home from basketball the other day, to take off the shoe I stepped on the heel while pulling out my foot (something I’ve done hundreds of times), and “BRAAAP” the sole separated from the rest of the shoe. I guess the combination of heat, humidity, and age finally took its toll.
In 2007, I was in Hong Kong and out shopping with my family when I chanced upon these shoes. I had just discovered some basketball courts near my hotel in Hong Kong and wanted to play, so my mother offered to buy them for me. 2007 was the first time I returned to Hong Kong on my own, and I was very excited at the prospect of playing hours of basketball during the day and eating like a pig at night.
When it was time to return to the U.S., I didn’t have enough room to bring the shoebox with me:
In the U.S., I kept these shoes at work and I would use them when I went to the YMCA during work breaks to play basketball. When returning to Hong Kong in subsequent years, I would always stay at the same hotel and bring my shoes with me.
When I look back on the past 6 years, I cannot believe that so much has happened, that so much has changed. When I first bought these shoes, I was just starting out as a full-time employee at my previous job after being part-time for a couple of years. Just like that, I spent five more years at that company and then traveled around the world, and now I’m in Hong Kong again, not as a tourist, but as a resident. Unbelievable.
Without my trusty old shoes I cannot play basketball, so I quickly went to the Nike Factory Store and picked up a pair of Air Jordan 2012 Lites. I never thought that I would own a pair of Air Jordans, but these were the most comfortable pair of shoes that I tried (they’re incredibly light), and since they are last year’s model, I got them at a reduced price. After testing them out on the court last night, I’m very happy with them. Here’s to hoping they last as long as my previous pair.