Death in any context is tragic. In the sneaker space, the loss of life has been widely seen during unfortunate encampments in front of stores, Facebook group meetings and other outings. Over the past week, the world has learned that Peter Moore, designer of the Air Jordan 1, among others, has passed away. He was 78 years old.
This hobby, passion, interest and work of ours often serves as an escape from everyday life and the things associated with it. So when death creeps into the world of sneakers, it’s completely normal to be shaken up, to feel like your haven isn’t really that. Moore had been involved with footwear since at least the 1980s, a time that also saw him create the Nike Dunk. Therefore, his death may seem more palpable given that he was nearing 80, but what about Virgil Abloh’s passing in November 2021? The retail launch of the Off-White x Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 has been teased over the past seven days, reminding casual and savvy consumers of the tragic loss of one of the most promising product designers of the past 10 years. . He was 41 years old.
Although media outlets like ours tend to cover the “big names,” we don’t lose sight of the fact that there are countless unsung heroes responsible for this thing we love, many of whom are no longer with us. The Bronx and Baltimore hustlers who made the Air Force 1 the most desirable item in the neighborhood; the couple who couldn’t get rid of dead animal inventory in the face of a growing sneaker business; the factory workers who sweat over the making of a Reebok or New Balance shoe; sneaker enthusiasts who started a blog without knowing how to run a media empire because they wanted to share their knowledge with the world. This thing called “sneakers” doesn’t make sense to everyone, but it doesn’t make it lose its value. On the contrary, one could argue that this lack of widespread understanding and acceptance is the very reason why so many of us cling much more tightly. For some of them, sneakers are most of what we have.
For a look at all that and more, including Yeezys, check out our top titles from April 30 through May 6 ahead.
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