If so much shit is played, whut isnâ€™t? Consider this the corollary to the played-out kicks lists, as I now list suggestions/alternatives to the tried-and-true. These kicks are similar to their more popular brethren, only without the mass appeal.
Like AF1s? How aboutâ€¦ Air Force IIs, Air Force IIIs, or Blazers?
So you’re into the casual ol’ skool look. That don’t mean you have to cop those white-on-whites. Air Force IIs and IIIs are, admittedly, more complicated than an Air Force 1. But they are its direct descendants, with slightly more color and a rugged-ass look (AFIIIs). If simple is whut you like, how about the Nike Blazer? This is actually a predecessor to the AF1, with an even-simpler design. Don’t get yer panties in a twist, though â€“ special editions abound, whether it’s Harris tweed or a limited “Beautiful Losers” model. Just don’t ball in ‘em.
Like Jordans? How aboutâ€¦ Air Pippens, Pennyâ€™s, or Lebronâ€™s?
Js are Js â€“ simply the finest. But when everybody and they toddler is rocking Jumpman merch, perhaps a different approach is warranted. Why not liâ€™l brother? After all, Pippen dunked on Ewing almost as many times as Mike. Penny got dubbed the Next Mike, and his kicks were almost there, too. Penny 1s and 4s abound right now, and letâ€™s not forget that the Foamposite 1 was also his. And speaking of Next Mikes, Lebron certainly ainâ€™t disappointed with his signature line. From where Iâ€™m at, LBJs havenâ€™t really impacted the streets like Mike yet, though. A shame, since the IIs, IIIs and IVs are pretty much bulletproof. Amazing that such a high-profile dudeâ€™s kicks are relatively DL.
Like Dunks? How aboutâ€¦Terminators?
Honestly, Iâ€™m amazing Termâ€™s never blew up. Theyâ€™ve got the two-tone Dunkesque appeal, plus that big-ass â€œNIKEâ€ on the back of the shoe. In terms of withstanding battle damage, Terminators are just as rugged as Dunks. A couple years back, Duke, Gâ€™town, Syracuse and â€˜Zona were blessed with signature low-top Termâ€™s, with exceptionally comfortable Zoom-air cushioning. Instead of â€œNIKEâ€, the back read â€œDUKEâ€, â€œHOYAâ€, â€œCUSEâ€ and â€œZONAâ€, respectively, as well as on the tongue-label. But these were criminally slept-on, for whatever reason.
Like Chuck Taylorâ€™s? How aboutâ€¦ Jack Purcellâ€™s?
Even classic-classicâ€™s deserve a break now and then. And style-wise, Jack Purcellâ€™s are very similar to Chuckâ€™s. They are both manufactured by Converse, and Purcellâ€™s also have a canvas body and a rubber toe-cap. But Purcellâ€™s are slightly more minimal than Chuckâ€™s (youâ€™re asking, how is that possible?), and the toe-capâ€™s piping is a more subtle navy, as opposed to the bright-red piping of Chuckâ€™s. Jack Purcellâ€™s are low-top only, however. But if youâ€™re looking for a slight variation on a classic thatâ€™s still official, Jack Purcellâ€™s are a good look. And theyâ€™re far less common than their cousin Chuck.
Any other remedies for the well-worn? Likely candidates include air max â€˜95s and â€˜97s, but yâ€™all tell meâ€¦