Ever since I can remember, my mom instilled on my brothers and I the importance of being there for each other. She would tell us that family should always be put first because at the end of the day, friends come and go but banners family hangs forever. I guess that’s why I consider my brothers to be some of the closest and dearest people in my life.

For as long as I can remember, I consider one of my brothers my best friend. Odds are, whereever you see one of us, you will probably see the other not too far away. What makes it easier is that we’re both into the same type of things. One of those things just so happens to be sneakers. We may not look eye to eye or have the same exact taste when it comes to sneakers, but the simple fact that we both have a deep love for them has really created a stronger bond between us.

It’s safe to say That I have sneakers to thank for creating this strong brotherhood that I have with my brother.

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JuanofaKind_Co

Growing up, my brother and I weren’t really into sneakers too much. While in elementary and middle school I remember my mom would buy us one pair of shoes for the school year, and we were completely fine with that. As kids we were more into video games and WWF WWE action figures. Shoes were an afterthought, they were just something you put on your feet to protect you from sharp objects on the floor. As we got older though, we started watching the NBA a whole lot more. and that’s where our interest for sneakers began to grow. I’ll admit, growing up I wasn’t a Michael Jordan fan, as a matter of fact, I used to despise him. With Reggie Miller being my childhood idol, you kind of understand why I had a resentment towards MJ. But there was no denying Jordan always used to have some of cleanest kicks on the the court. What made it even more amazing was that the shoes he was wearing were his very own! We thought the was the dopest thing ever! From that point on, my brother and I were infatuated by the sneakers we saw on the court, and that’s when our love for sneakers began to grow.

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sneakerfiles

I still remember the first Air Jordan both my brother and I got. Forever engrained in our minds is the Air Jordan 17 Low coming in Black and Chrome. When these first came out, we both thought it was the most amazing sneaker ever created. The black upper being offset by the chrome hits, the blue translucent peel off sticker on the heel, the reptile print on the ankle going all the way down to the eyestay. Everything about it was perfect! We had to own it, and we did! Not only was it the first retro we ever got, we also happened to buy it with out very own money, which makes that much more special to us. As a couple of kids in middle school/high school with no means of income aside from our weekly allowance we got for doing chores, it took a quite some time before we were able to save up enough money to buy our very own pair of Jordans. After saving up enough money and coming up on some coupons, the total came out to around $120. Even though $120 is considered cheap when you compare it to today’s prices, back in 2002, it was still considered a lot of money for a couple kids who had no jobs.

I’ll never forget the moment we stepped out of the store with shoes in hand. It’s a feeling and sense of satisfaction that my brother and I will always share. Happiness. Joy. Success. Accomplishment. All wrapped up into one.

From that moment on, the love we have for sneakers would never be the same. Fast forward to the year 2015 and sneakers are now a part of our every day life. Not a day goes by that I don’t talk, see, read, or discuss sneakers. When I’m not writing for Kicks on Fire, I still find myself talking about shoes. My brother and I can spend hours discussing topics centered around shoes and it never gets old. What makes things even more dope is that I get to do this as a job, and so does my brother since he also works for Kicks on Fire! As a matter of fact, my brother Andres is the one that put in the good word for me to get me this job. You see what I mean, that’s the type of brotherly love I’m talkin’ about, man!

What I’m trying to get at is the fact that sneakers have had a big impact in helping my brother and I form this strong bond between us. The love we have for sneakers has transcended on to our life outside of shoes. We share a mutual interest in shoes which in return has resulted in a deep appreciation and love for one another. Whatever the problem, situation, or occasion may be I know I can turn to my brother whenever I need him, and he knows he can do the same.

There’s a lot of change we would like to see in the sneaker culture, but one thing I will always be grateful for is the stronger bond that was created between my brother and I, all because of the love of shoes. I find it amazing how something so simple as sharing the same common interest in shoes, can have such a strong influence on peoples lives and relationships, creating some pretty amazing bonds as a result of that. Thank you, sneakers. Good lookin’ out.