Sneakers or Lack Thereof

Album Cover: Diamond Hoo Ha

"I got to get you in my suitcase."
Supergrass / Diamond Hoo Ha Man

Posted on March 18, 2004 12:45 AM in Blathery
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Okay, my inability to come up with anything interesting to blog about will be readily apparent tonight. I've been waiting for anything (and I mean anything) to inspire me to post, and the best I could come up with was a recent post at kottke.org about sneakers. On his blog today, Jason Kottke wrote:

Sneakers these days look either like Jackson Pollack paintings or classic cars (complete with shock absorbers), making it hard for me to find something I like.

I couldn't agree with him more, other than the fact that I have no idea who Jackson Pollack is. Sneakers, especially of the basketball variety, simply suck nowadays. I grew up in the glory days of the original Air Jordans, Reebok Pumps, etc., so maybe I was a tad bit spoiled in terms of good shoe availability, but still. When I walk into a Foot Locker (or Foot Action or whatever the store might be) I spend about half a minute looking for a good shoe on the wall. I usually narrow my options down to about one shoe very quickly, pick it up off of the display, and quickly put it back once I notice some shiny bicycle reflector attached to the inside arch. I don't care what anyone says – shiny plastic does not make for a good shoe!

On a note only semi-related to basketball shoes, tomorrow brings a whole slew of matchups that officially kick off the Big Dance. As long as Valpo, Liberty, Alabama State, the Air Force and UTEP have bad days tomorrow, I should be off to a good start with my bracket.

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