My Biggest Sneaker Regret!
I recently did some sneaker shopping online and ran across a pair of kicks that I once had in my collection. Instantly I felt a huge feeling of regret for a couple reasons: this sneaker is now worth almost 3-4 times the amount I originally paid for them, they are hard to find in DS condition, and they regretfully became one of my beater pairs.
Before I tell you which sneaker I’m referring to, I want to give a little back-story. In 2006 I loved the sneaker game as much as I do now, but it was still relatively easy to order online or walk into a store and cop a pair of J’s, Nike’s etc. I also quit collecting sneakers a few years prior during college because of financial reasons and because my focus was on graduating, not kicks. It wasn’t until the last 2-3 years or so that I really started collecting sneakers again despite the insane prices, the difficulty of copping kicks, limited availability, bots, etc.
Fast forward to April 2006; after much searching I found a pair that caught my eye and I bought them right away. I wore them regularly, yet I tried my best to keep them fresh. I used them for running errands, going to the gym, and even for riding my motorcycle. Quickly these kicks became my beaters, and I did not think for one second they would be hard to replace or so expensive down the line. But I always wear my kicks so it’s easy for me to move on to the next shoe… or so I thought.
With that said, it’s finally time to share this special sneaker of mine. One of my biggest sneaker regrets is no longer owning the Air Jordan 7 “Chambray.” Originally released February 20th 2006, the Chambray 7’s retailed for $120, which is what I paid for them (via “buy it now”) on Ebay and the kicks came with the original box and receipt from Finish Line. Think about that for a second, I was able to get a pair of new J’s for retail almost two months after the original release date… how I miss those days! I loved the all-black suede upper with the light hits of grey and Chambray blue; it was one of the cleanest J’s I ever owned. The current price for the Chambray 7’s range anywhere between $350-$400 for a DS pair. Check them out in the pic below courtesy of Instyleshoes.com and let us know which sneaker(s) you regret beating up, selling, or passing up on in the comments section.