I’m a neat freak. OCD. I’ll admit I’ve gotten better over the years, but there’s a reason I used to do the duck walk all over campus back in college.
That obsession over keeping everything perfect is probably why I hate sneaker boxes too. That doesn’t stop me from collecting them or keeping my sneakers in them. (Over the years, thankfully, I’ve had to get rid of many of them simply because I ran out of space.) But it often does stop me from wearing what’s in them. I got to take them out … take the packaging out … take the inner lining paper out … take the shoes out … then leave the box out. It’s annoying and sometimes I wish I had the courage to just get rid of the boxes entirely.
But there are certain shoes I feel like I have to get rid of the boxes for, simply because I wear them so much. I’m talking about the Air Jordan 1, the 3, the 11, the 12, and the 14. In fact, I haven’t met a sneakerhead yet that doesn’t love those shoes. Longtime sneaker connoisseur @theinfader calls the black/cement Air Jordan 3 “the best daily beaters ever.” High praise.
As a shoe, being versatile is important, especially at this time of year. (Why do you think people love the Roshe Run so much?) Large tongues, super high heels, or low, sleek cuts can work fabulously, but there’s something about mid-cut shoes that work great whether you’re wearing designing pants or gym shorts. They always look great.
Some Jordans look great in jeans. Others don’t have quite as much variety. But today, with the Jordan 14 “Black Toe” dropping this Saturday at Champs Sports, we’re celebrating the Jordans that you can wear anywhere, even to a wedding. Here are The Most Versatile Air Jordans Ever.
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