Recall this scene from Austin Powers?
Gotta love the International Man of Mystery – and this scene always makes me smile because it is the inevitable consequence of anyone like Mike Myers being given a pair of trainers with an inflatable element.
Reebok’s “The Pump” has been one of those shoes that has been retro from the moment it was introduced in 1989. I was nine when they were launched, and yes I wanted a pair. I loved the basketball shoe look when I was that age – a proper tom boy. I loved the idea of pausing before I ran across the school field to pump the tongue of my trainers up a few times, it would obviously give me faster legs and more springy knees. I imagined I would become an instant sports star if I owned them, a sports star of the coolest variety. Sadly the closest I came was a pair of black Cica high top trainers from Clarks… anyone also have those?! I think I had neon laces in them at one point. Oh I was a fashionable primary school kid!
What shoes did you covet when you were nine? Did you get them? Would you wear them now?