It’s a great feeling when you have the ability to treat yourself with a new pair of sneakers anytime you want. It’s a greater feeling when you’re blessed enough to give a loved one a new pair of sneakers anytime they want.
My mother has been the piece of the puzzle that holds all of our family together. I can honestly say that she’s devoted her life to me and my two brothers, and for that I am forever grateful to her. Growing up my mom always managed to give us everything our little hearts would desire. At around age 5 she gave me my Nintendo NES, as well as a little brother by the name of Andres. At age 10, life was all about LEGOS,
WWF WWE action figures and Power Rangers, and mom was always there giving my brother and I all the toys we could ever handle. At age 15 she gave me a second brother as well as buying me my first pair of shoes that I picked out. I was never really big on shoes, but being in middle school and about to start high school, just like most kids, I began to take notice when it comes to what I wore.
I’ll never forget the first couple of shoes she bought me; a pair of adidas Originals Superstars in all white with the black stripes. Soon after that, she got me my very first pair of Nike Air Force 1 Lows in a white upper with the navy Nike Swoosh. Sooo clean. The feeling those shoes gave me were unlike any other feeling I’ve ever felt. I remember thanking my mom so much for buying me those shoes, telling her she was the most amazing person, ever. I wasn’t lying though; she
is the most amazing person ever!
Fast forward to the present, and now the tables have turned and I find myself being the one buying my mom sneakers. It’s crazy how life works, huh!? It all started a couple years ago, when my mom looked at the first pair of Roshe Runs that I have ever bought. They were the ones that came in the Tarp Green colorway with the Volt midsole. She had never seen anything like them before. She would always see me wear Jordans and Nikes and she would always describe them as being too “bulky” and “heavy” for her liking. So when she saw the Nike Roshe Run in all of its simplicity and minimalism, they immediately caught her attention. Once I told her they were super breathable, comfortable and lightweight, she started garnering even more interest. Being that my mom has worked in the maintenance industry for close to 25 years, that hard work has definitely put a toll on her body, specifically on her feet and knees. So any kind of shoe that can help her by relieving stress/pressure on her feet and knees was definitely welcomed. Which caused a light bulb to turn on in my head. I asked if she wanted to go to our local mall and have her try them on? She agreed and we went. Once she put her foot inside a pair of the women’s Roshe Runs it was love at first sight. She said she had never felt anything so comfortable before! So lightweight, so breathable! We went ahead and bought a pair, and she began wearing them almost every single day! As a matter of fact, I don’t think she ever wore any of her other shoes after she got the Roshe. A couple months later I noticed that the initial “love” she had for the shoe was still there. So I asked her is if she would like another pair? Without hesitation she gave me a profounding “Yes’!” Next thing you know she now ends up asking me every once in a while, “Mijo, are there any new shoes coming out that you think I would like?” I find that hilarious! Who knew a grown woman would be interested in sneakers at such a “mature” age!?
She now has about 8 pairs of Roshe Runs. 3 Pairs of Nike Solarsoft Moccasins and her brand new “pick-up” happens to also be her favorite, the adidas Pure Boost. Her collection is getting bigger and bigger every month and I couldn’t be happier that we now connect on yet another lever, a sneaker level.
I guess the saying that goes “It’s better to give than to receive” is in fact true, because there is no better feeling than buying your mom something she wants. It truly is a satisfying feeling. Now I know a pair of sneakers does not come close to comparing to what she has done for me and my brothers, but it’s a start and the least could until I find a way to retire her at an early age and give her her dream home. But until that day comes, I’ll be more than happy to continue getting my mom any shoe she wants, as long as it’s not the adidas Yeezy 350 Boost. I kid. Not really.