Converse, Pro-Keds and Skippies
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wore Pro-Keds. So did Pistol Pete Maravich. Of course Chuck Taylor was wearing Converse way back in 1921, before Pro-Keds were even on the scene. Elton Brand wears converse still today when playing hoops. The thing is, back in the 1970s and 80s, if you wore either Converse or Pro-Keds, you were cool even if there was some ongoing debate between camps about which kicks were the coolest.
Unfortunately for me and many other young, impressionable boys growing up in the 1970s and 80s; our parents didn’t necessarily care if other children thought we were cool or not. There were times when our desire to be cool and trendy was trumped by our parent’s budget and practicality. Little did they know at the time that walking into school with a new pair of skippies meant immediate ridicule and stomps on our feet as chants of “Skippies! Skippies!” echoed down the hallways.
Did you ever wear skippies? Does the memory still haunt you?