If you didn't wear sneakers specifically designed for breakdancing then you were a poser, man! This is the streets, man! When you thrown down in the streets you gotta wear the appropriate dance footwear... man!
Chuck's have been cool for over fifty years. They never went out of style. Sure, they figured out early on that wearing Chuck's while playing basketball would snap your ankles like a toothpick, but that fact never diminished their coolness.
America's sweetheart, gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton, absolutely deserved her own athletic shoe. Never mind the fact that you would never wear athletic shoes while participating in gymnastics. Just put on your pink kicks and move on.
You swore you jumped higher when you pumped your Reebok Pumps. You felt it in your bones that you would be able to dunk a ball. Then you tried, failed, and a reality laser officially penetrated your delusional shield.
On the surface, you might think that former NBA All-star Larry Johnson's character "Grandmama" is very similar to Tyler Perry's "Madea." But they couldn't be more different. Madea throws down words of wisdom. Grandmama throws down vicious dunks.
An ironclad fashion rule of the 80s: Always, always, always make sure your sneakers match your socks, which should match your skirt, which should match your top. Any less matching makes you look like a nob.
Etonic Exec, circa 1984: "Listen, 1999 is FIFTEEN YEARS AWAY. By then we'll have cornered the market on not just running shoes, but all shoewear. When 1999 rolls around and we are all flying around in our jet packs, everyone will be wearing Etonics. We don't die. We multiply!"
Jerry Stackhouse was one in a long line of ball players who were deemed, "The Next Jordan." It didn't really pan out that way. The only one who can be the next Jordan is Jordan himself, and even he failed at that.