Without a doubt, these are crown-status ACG shoes. I first saw a pair in a Nike advert in an issue of Details magazine, back in 1996. The UK only officially received the tan/blue/yellow colourway, which I bought and proceeded to wear to death: they started out as ‘Sunday best’, then became everyday wear, then became skate shoes (yep!)… and finally became my graf painting shoes. I wore them to pieces, but they lasted a good 18 months.
They were in most sports chains in London, even ending up in the sales racks after a while. I couldn’t afford a second pair to keep on ice at the time and when I finally had enough cash, they’d disappeared. I spent the next decade trying to find them again in my size.
Thanks to eBay, not only did I find them in that same old colourway, but I also managed to get the original US-only colourway with the hot purple and red accents. And that is what I’m wearing today.
If you thought I didn’t have at least one more pair stashed in the attic, you’d be wrong. I’ll always love these. Classic ACG styling, extremely durable, lightweight and very comfortable. There are several other colourways from ’96 out there too, including a nice grey-green colourway that was originally a women’s colourway.