Minor hoop game, major kick game. Hey everyone, it’s Seth aka @souliisole continuing with our week-long on-foot archives series. I was born in early 1982 and came up during the early-to-mid 90s era. I am not alone when I assert that the 90s were a “bigger-than-life-time.” Everything at the time was bigger, better, & bolder. Like Tupac said, you had to be there to know it. Athletes assumed a greater, larger role: they were our superheroes, icons, villains, each with their own individual character, flare, style, and personality. You either were with Nike Force or Nike Flight; Jordan or Barkley; Janet Jackson or Mariah Carey; BIG or Tupac; Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat; Agassi or Sampras. Reebok stacked their kicks with Hexalite while Cons used so much React Juice that the pods leaked causing a recall, a sneaker brand I also wore back in the day. A die-hard Agassi fan and tennis player growing up much like fellow OGSG member, Drew aka @nikestories, I, too, rocked a plethora of 90s tennis kicks (not the Oscillate) both casually and on court including the Challenge LWP, Air Zoom Challenge, and others, many of which were designed by Wilson Smith aka @shoeitecture, complete with matching Agassi apparel. Another point worth noting is the memorable 90s Champion jersey fad. In addition to wearing your favorite pair of kicks, you had to have had at least one replica Champion jersey of your favorite team or player. During the 90s, Champion made all NBA game worn apparel with some of the most iconic jersey styles in history. I dug deep into my photo vault and found an old image of me in 1995 at the YMCA basketball league wearing a jersey of an underrated mid-90s NBA guard, one of my favorite NBA players at the time in addition to Dana Barros, Starks, Miller, and Mark Price. Hopefully some of the older followers and younger viewers with strong 90s NBA knowledge may recognize the jersey and player. The jerseys allowed for individuality, a sense of community, and above all, a shared mutual respect for the game. The 90s: what a time to be alive. Stay tuned for the final post of our series tomorrow with Sean aka @scollard23, a true OG player and staple in the sneaker community.
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