When I was around 10 years old, I started getting into sports clothes. I went through the stage, like everyone else was going with in my year, of only wanting to be seen in branded sports clothing. I remember my first tracksuit was a Reebok one. It was cream bottoms with a matching jumper. I also had a second jumper that was basically the same, but ever so slightly grey.
Oh man, I lived in that tracksuit. Alternating the jumpers and this one boy at school, who was one of the most popular boys, used to always laugh at me and say I was always wearing the same thing.
BUT I HAVE TWO JUMPERS. THEY’RE JUST THE SAME. I should insist.
He didn’t believe me and I spent a lot of time trying to convince him otherwise and he still used to say it to me every day.
He wasn’t saying it a mean way, more like he knew it wound me up, so kept pushing my buttons. Like kids do.
I’m pretty sure one day I had both jumpers for some reason. It was very much a I TOLD YOU SO moment.
Over the next few years, I’d start adding more branded items to my wardrobe. My Mum wasn’t thrilled by this as my Dad had recently been made redundant and had to get a job where he was earning a lot less than before. So things were tight.
I begged and begged and BEGGED for some branded trainers. After wearing, what was called ‘two stripe’ trainers, a nock off of Addidas, my Mum finally allowed me to get a new pair of trainers. Ones with a brand name on them.
I ended up with some white Air Max Classics with red and white detail. An air bubble at the back which was supposed to do something, but my 10 year old self just thought it looked cool.
I went to school the following Monday in my new trainers feeling great about myself.
I was always a bit behind my friends in like.. everything. This is because I was a total sheep. So I would do what my friends were doing and want to blend in and be like them. So I would have to have everything that they had, only I got mine a few months later because I had to spend a few weeks begging my Mum. My sports wear years lasted until I was about 14, when I started wearing girly clothes again and fell in love with pink so much I harassed my parents until they agreed to paint my blue room magenta.
I went through many pairs of Air Max trainers, Addidas poppers and Le Coq Sportif hoodies. Oh, those awkward years.
Recently, the Nike Air Max shoe turned 29 years old. We’re the same ageeeeee. Thinking about Air Max brings a lot of memories back for me. I even Googled them to see if I could find the ones I had and I can remember all the different types throughout the years!
So to celebrate this, Foot Asylum have created this fab interactive infograph that tells you all about the history of the Nike Air Max shoe. Who knew that something that ended up being so popular was actually doubted when it was first created?
Have a look and let me know what you think.
Did you ever own Nike Air Max shoes?
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