Okay, gather around kids… Class is in session! and on today’s lesson we have a very special guest, the originator of “shoes with pockets”…. yes, Travis Scott was not the first! Let me break it down real quick. Long long ago (1979 to be exact) there was a man by the name of Bob Gamm an architect who was also a jogging enthusiast, decided one day, “my athletic gear needs to be more convenient” so he designed running shoes for his personal use. These running shoes were not like any other shoe, however these shoes were more agreeable to him as they posses little pockets/zippers big enough to store keys for the house and money (incase you would like to buy bread and a newspaper on your way back from jogging), below are examples of these kicks.
Further refinements on the original design led to several significant innovations in athletic footwear. One such innovation, the Dynocoil, was a patented energy release system designed in the mid-1980s by former Nike designer Ray Tonkel and consultant Al Gross and tested by NASA. These (above) were created 10 years after the “moon landing” , which takes us swiftly to our next KangaROOS kick in which they’ve worked on with NASA. called “Bright/Light side of the Moon” and is one of my favourite kicks to ever be released by the franchise. Cav’ the beauty below.
KangaROOS grew rapidly selling 700k kicks a month by the early 80’s attracting prominent baseball, football and basketball stars who wore these kicks including Kenyan track runners, the list include talents like O.J Anderson, William (the fridge) Perry, Walter (Sweetness) Payton who later collaborated with the brand to release his own kick line (as seen in images below)
The Walter Payton “ROOS” became a limited edition release kick till this day they are rare and only come as a “Limited Edition” as recent releases seen below.
The brand also collaborated with Basketball star Clyde “The Glide” Drexler (features on an episode on Michael Jordans “Last Dance” series) here is a look at the kick he wore.
The reason why i decided to educate on this here kick is because it is “slept on” and it is not available in AFRICA so if you spot someone wearing a pair of these devine kicks just know that “maufaka” international! This brand has been around and grew so much that it collaborated with other established brands like Jägermeister (with the “Ultimate”), hanon-shop (with the “COIL R1”), Sneaker Magazine (with the “omnicoil absinthe”) to name a few, checkout out some of these collabs.
Kangaroo kicks range from around 1.1k to 5k on average. “But how are gonna get these kicks Mr Miyagi” you ask….. we are working on it do not worry. for now you can get them online. Here are more of my favourites on the above mentioned kick images include “Ultimate3”, “Hybrid”, “Runaway MTN”, “Sapato” and the “dynoflow vibram”
A Mr Miyagi post….. “Class dismissed”