Let’s take things back to 1988. Back to the days of Kangol hats, Adidas tracksuits and boombox stereo sounds. Back to the days when hoop dreams were being netted out by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Back when LA ruled the courts, and NY was playing catch-up. Think middle-of-the-night sweaty street ball games. Think Spalding. Thing knee-high white socks. Above all, think Nike‘s Sky Force ’88. The ‘everyday people’ basketball trainer back in the 80s, the Nike Sky Force ’88’s emotional appeal all lies in its details: from its vintage feel and its oversized Sky Force logo on the tongue to its yellow-wash finish on the sole and its stitched-up swoosh. Its the kind of trainer Radio Raheem and Buggin Out would fight over. The kind of shoe that’d force you to walk around with a tooth-brush on hand at all times. You know, just in case some ignorant fool steps on them. Timeless classics.
Nike Sky Force ’88 (from 85 euros)
Available from Oki-ni