This Is Why You Should Wear Your Kicks
Watch the video above to see the aftermath.
As the old saying goes: wear your kicks. It's not just a cute saying, it's the law. Take it from someone who has a sad amount of DS sneakers sitting in a Texas storage unit.
I'll admit, I enjoy collecting, but I didn't get into the shoe game to collect. Nah, I've always loved sneakers, and once I graduated from high school I started hunting for vintage Nikes on eBay. That was the hooker!
I bought stuff over the years that I wore immediately, and then I have a bunch of "I'll pull these out at the right time" pairs that continued to grow from my early to late 20s.
For example, only God knows how many Trainer SCs I own. Seriously, it's a lot! I have OGs that I never tried to wear because I have common sense, but I also have pairs from early 2000 that were perfectly wearable when I purchased them.
If you know anything about the Trainer SC, you know the midsole is NOT your friend. From midsole cracks to paint chipping, the Trainer SC is a shoe meant to be worn right away or kept in a display case.
Let me get to my point. I copped an insane amount of Auburn Trainer SCs when Nike re-released the classic colorway for the second time in 2009. Long story short, I never wore any of them.
Why? For the longest time my worn-in 1998 Auburn Trainer SC Retro was holding up, and I still prefer the '98 version over all the re-releases. However, I finally pulled out a fresh pair for Paris Fashion Week and I was quickly reminded what I already knew.
I'm not mad because that's how the Trainer SC and many aged kicks roll after years of sitting. At first I was shocked to see so much paint chipping, but then I realized the shoe turns 10 in 2019. Yikes!
Moral of the story: wear your kicks.