Rub­ber shoe

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

TIME was when I would await for dad to come home from a trip abroad and see what he would bring home. Once, af­ter the Los An­ge­les Olympics in 1984, I would re­mem­ber dad bring home a new shoe brand, it was called NIKE. It looked very un­usual. He said it was the craze there, back then. It was brown with a smile like logo that was or­ange. Brown and Or­ange rub­ber shoe? Who would have thought. Later on, my cousins would re­al­ize that in­deed an­other brand has landed in our shores. Aside from Adi­das and Con­verse, there was a new player. Soon af­ter, I would be shift­ing from my Chucks to that of Julius Erv­ing for Con­verse to Su­per­star, Pro­model and Jab­bar of Adi­das to Nike from this. The most ex­pen­sive pair that I got was the Adi­das Top Ten, it was P550.

In high school, we were not al­lowed to wear rub­ber shoes. But since I had a new pair I wore one to school and got caught. It was con­fis­cated and I was so mad at the teacher. But it was my fault. Still in high school in a hike up Mt. Sto. To­mas, I wore dad's Nike, it was by this time so small for my grow­ing feet. I had the worst blis­ters from it.

I still love rub­ber shoes. I still have many un­til now. My son has soon taken af­ter me. He also col­lects them. Up un­til he needed the money more than the shoes. But even be­fore he would spend for his own gad­gets from his com­pe­ti­tion earn­ings and cash in­cen­tives from swim­ming. For a gold he would get P3,000 for it. Nor­mally he takes home seven golds. Do the math. Yes I say nor­mally. And for big­ger events a gold goes up to P5,000 each.

Once he sold a shoe to a mem­ber of a Royal fam­ily. It went through some in­spec­tions be­fore the ex­change. Once the ex­change was made and au­then­tic­ity con­firmed the ex­change for a pair of Nike's was P90,000 dis­counted. It was needed he said as he had to buy a gui­tar from the forced sale. No kid­ding.

Lolo Tatay would come home too from sport­ing events with al­ways the lat­est in run­ning shoes. Now you know the rea­son why I ran. A

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