Christmas hit like a bomb this year. Too much food, too much drink, and too little funds are left. I spent the holiday with the families of two good friends in Austin and one thing was clear, all the kids in their family were killing me in the shoe game. One youngster had the Gamma Blue 11s released a couple days earlier. I asked if he had waited in line to buy them and he looked at me and said “nope I just walked in and got them,” damn you children’s shoe sizes. I didn’t go out and wait in line to get those Jordan’s but I had woken up at 6:30 a.m to try and unsuccessfully scoop a pair online. I learned a lot this Christmas, mainly that the kids will always be a step ahead in the shoe game but also that there’s plenty of heat that require much less effort to acquire.
A New Year’s resolution of mine besides getting healthy is to cop affordable shoe heat. It feels like all the major releases are closer to $200 in price than $100. Luckily the Nike SB Zoom Janoski is looking out for the working American. Usually priced around $80 the lineup churns out heat every month. The new release dubbed “New Slate” uses a blend of blue to form a clean design to the classic SB silhouette. The white sole and black accents look great in contrast with the blue. This pair of kicks is already in stores at select Nike SB retailers and I for one will be in hot pursuit of them.
The New Year brings about great shoe releases and with finances not changing, it’s time to look for cheaper heat. With Nike SB releasing the hits one does not have to lose freshness just because the budget is limited. All I know is in 2014 I’m looking to be relentless in all pursuits with my health, mind and #heatonfeet.