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