Winter means I'm indoors and booking for the Spring and Summer. It is time for other projects and creative ways to keep firing; seque to my latest restoration. I shared my love for sneakers in my last post, here is the most recent clean-up.
The AJ III represents a transition in athletic shoe culture. For most fans, they'll tell you that this is the shoe that jumped the shark. This is the shoe that Kid N Play rocked on album covers. Big Daddy Kane and others flossed their black cements in videos and magazine editorials that hung on bedroom walls. Tinker Hatfield and his elephant print did to athletic shoes what Dapper Dan did to custom clothes. We will never be the same.
This pair is a 2006 retro that were in 7/10 condition with some cracking. They only needed a repaint. I used a stripper to remove the paint this time around and it was much more efficient and hopefully will save some life for the midsole that acetone eats up. Below are some pics of before and after the strip.
After: I've gotten better with cleaning up my lines from my last few restorations and keeping the coats of paint thin. More like 8.5/10 now. Not bad for 10 years old. The toe boxes have virtually no creasing and the yellow heel tab ads character. Leave your thoughts in the comments.