Anyway with my new position comes some downtime that coaching doesn't allow. I decided as I am watching the Pacers and Heat duke it out in game one I would go ahead and get out thoughts. (I thought George Hill was rocking some Big Bang Lebron 9s but turns out they are his Peak PEs).
My inspiration for getting my blog back online is the fact that after some years I finally got back in touch with my homeboy over at LickMySolez. I'm proud of him doing his thing with his blog and his film work. Y'all keep an eye out he's going to do big things. We go way back man and started to reminisce about how we're old sneakerheads even though we are barely pushing 30. It's funny cause we have talked about how much the game has changed since we were in high school in the early 2000s.
But as all of our south Florida residents know that dunk exchange Miami was this passed weekend at club Mekka. LickMySolez did a nice synopsis of the event complete with tips on how you should approach one if you have never been. They capped it off with a nice video recap of the event.
That being said as big as a head as I am though very toned down these days (I was one of those 200+ pairs cats that didn't just have main stream releases. I had some stuff that people were like wtf until I rocked em with a fit and people had a different mindset after. I'm an old school head like i mentioned before. I go after what expresses who I am, what has a story or a connection to my life and time on this planet). Anyway I have to stay on track and not go off on tangents. I have never been to a dunk exchange sad to say. I have always wanted to but always had something going on. I may pull a walk through at Dunk Exchange DC when it comes back around.
My thoughts on what I have heard about the last few in Miami is mainly their are held in small venues. But from pictures and videos that I have seen of recent ones as well I feel that the event has lost its aura so to speak with the younger generation of heads coming in and the sneaker conglomerates taking notice of the reselling culture and taking measures to put a stop on that. That being said there was no variety and no real exclusives that I saw in the videos and pictures. What I mean by that is old heat, stuff that dates out more than the last two years. Outside of a quick glance at some Carmines, Columbia XIs, Nubuck and Carolina 14s and some HOA Amax 95 Neons. I will give that there was pair of Grant Hill Fila's and one dude had a stash of Asics Gel Lyte 3s. I can sum up what 90% of the stuff in there was general release Jordans, Lebrons, KDs, Foams and Kobes from the past year or two. What happened to the dunks, the air maxes, Air Forces, SBs, international only releases, limited editions, Converse, Adidas, trainers, etc. I could go on for days. I mean honestly none of the stuff at Dunk Exchange I saw is hard to get, you can cop them today for retail or less off some wannabe re-seller hypebeast that can't afford to sit on the kicks for a year or two before selling. It takes away from the event in my opinion. You know, where are those kicks that were only released in one place and in limited pairs that you flew out cross country then camped out to get? Like Sole Collector AM95s or the HOH Miami release of Lebrons South Beach/Pre Heat 8's (I was there for that, to get the kicks for my homeboy, for my fam that was basics getting ready to go serve his country. If you were there you know about the dudes from places as far as Houston that showed up a week before and camped out. That Lebron wouldn't let them sell us the shoes until he handed out the first pair and that the release time was pushed back from 8:30am to aboout 6pm. He kept dragging it out so long that Footlocker bought everyone in line lunch. And that the highlight of the day was Jason Petrie rocking some reverse South Beach colorway of the Lebron 7 lows. They were tough but he acted like he didn't want to talk to anyone that was in line trying to show him love for his work on the Lebron line and wanted to ask him about them. He could have gotten a cool couple grand off someone in line for them, easy. This was the only time I had ever waited in line. I just had the luck of working at Footlocker through high school and college so waiting in line or camping out wasn't necessary. At this point I didn't have that luxury but hey there are kicks that people will recognize the effort you took to get them.
It took me about 7 years to finally find a deadstock pair of Nike Air NDestrukts and man I got them on steal for $150. Original box, laces, insoles, paper, fully inflated air bubbles. The search took time, days on days and hours on hours of searching Niketalk, Ebay and reaching out connections I made throughout the years. Grail? Get outta here... that's what some will say but I challenge you to find something as rare as that in that condition. Something that you wanted as a kid but your parents couldn't afford to get you. Check you won't find a DS pair of those anywhere anymore. I mean I can keep going about how I went out to Kicks Hawaii to cop the Aloha Dunks cause its a clean shoe with a great story behind the design. Why get em anywhere else? Half the story is getting out there to get them.
It has been good catching back up on this and I clearly had a lot to say but the game is over and the Pacers coughed that one up. I tell you what though they are not intimidated by the Heat and know they can handle Miami. It's going to be a good series. I'm off to bed. Go check out LickMySolez.com and check them out on instagram and twitter.