: I grew up playing the game of basketball. Basketball was all I thought about, it was all I watched, and it was all I did. Michael Jordan was my idol as a kid, but I was never able to afford J’s. Growing up, I’d walk to my neighborhood park in whatever shoes I used at school just to hoop. I was always into sneakers, but I grew up wearing Shaqs & off-brand shoes from Payless for elementary and middle school. For basically all of HS, my parents got me 2 shoes: Chukka Low Vans for class and Kobe 6’s for hoop. I always envied people who had the newest J’s on, but I promised myself I’d work hard to get a pair when I finally was able to afford them with my own money. When I got to college, I worked part-time and had internships but had to first use that money to pay for my tuition and rent. I had to use the money I made towards my education. During my senior year, I ramped up my work hours, saved internship money I got from the previous summer, and was finally able to purchase these Air Jordan 10 ‘Powder Blue’ at my first ever @sneakercon.
These immediately caught my eye and I wanted to cop a unique shoe for my first ever Jordan purchase- something that people don’t immediately think of when they think Jordan. They’re not the most popular model, but this is the first ever pair of J’s I got with my own money- something I waited years for and worked my ass off for. I just graduated college this year (fitting for the Jordan 11 Cap & Gown 🤓), and this shoe represents a culmination of hard work and my upbringing. When I wear this shoe I remember the times I couldn’t afford J’s and the times my parents struggled & remind myself that I should always work hard to not only get what I want, but to also achieve my goals and persevere through whatever I’m going through. #dghoops @nikestories @forcefieldfresh
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