Embracing the teal and pink of Chris Paul’s new signature shoe
We were initially taken aback by the color of Chris Paul’s new Jordan Brand CP3.VIII signature kicks, but slowly realized it’s exactly what makes the shoe fun to wear.
There’s nothing like getting a new pair of shoes. It’s the reason why degenerates always ask for a new pair when praying to gambling gods and it’s the reason why women always think about getting a new pair (of heels) when they want to step out for a night on the town. There’s something about wearing something fresh on your feet that brings an air of confidence. It makes you walk differently and puts an extra pep in your step.
So there I was, opening a box that contained a new pair of Chris Paul‘s Jordan Brand CP3.VIII signature kicks. The Los Angeles Clippers‘ floor general is on his eighth signature shoe release, and the refined look of the shoe has grown on me after looking odd at first. It’s a good looking casual shoe, one that I’d actually consider purchasing.
However, I wasn’t prepared for the color scheme of the pair of shoes in the box. Teal and pink. Teal and pink.
Yet after staring blankly at the shoes and trying to decipher the color combination, I put them on my feet. And dang, they actually look better than expected for that odd combination.
It should be noted that the teal and pink colorway is titled “Riverwalk” in commemoration of the 1996 NBA All-Star Game in San Antonio. Michael Jordan was named MVP of that game with 20 points — Shaquille O’Neal should’ve won it, but whatever — and both teams wore arguably the greatest uniforms in NBA All-Star Game history. You’d think my appreciation of those dope uniforms and the colorways means I’d have an immediate appreciation for the same colors on my feet. Instead, it took me a while.
I have about 50 pairs of sneakers in my closet. There are a few pairs of those 50 that I truly love. One is the Nike LeBron 9 Low ‘USA’ kicks. The red/white/blue Olympic colorway is a thing of beauty and they’re the shoes LeBron was ordained to wear for the 2012 Olympics. When I began wearing them out in public, the compliments came in. All of the compliments were from guys because most understood what the shoe symbolized. I was a happy man.
But when I put on the CP3.VIII’s Tuesday, I noticed something very different. I still got compliments, but they weren’t from guys. They were mostly from women. “Hey, those shoes are nice! What kind of shoes are those? Jordans? Those are so cute,” said a random passenger on the train. Oh wow! I like those, they look good on you,” said a female co-worker. Meanwhile, a male co-worker only muster muted praise. They’re alright,” he said.
I’m summarizing multiple interactions with those comments. Even after they kept happening, I was baffled.
Was it that the colors of the shoes on my feet aren’t normally found in the Crayola 8-pack box? Could that really be all the difference in having women come up and talk to me about my sneakers? If so, why haven’t I been buying shoes with colors from the Crayola 64-pack box?
This is a shoe that was clearly made for Chris Paul in mind. It’s a low-cut sneaker that’s cut at a unique 5/8-height. A unique innersleeve sock provides support while cutting and elevating off the floor. One cool aspect of the shoe: the way it pays homage to CP3 with a family tree embroidered on the inside of the tongue. This specifically references the patriarchs of the Paul family.
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While all that is cool, I wouldn’t truly appreciate the shoe without the colorways. They’re striking visually and they also help tell a story. That teal and pink on your feet causes attention from people who don’t normally notice shoes, as I learned when I wore them.
One could see this as a complication, of course. I usually slide my headphones on while navigating the complicated jungle of everyday life so I can get to my destination as quickly as possible. But this time, I loved telling folks about the reason for the colorway. If someone wants to have a conversation with me because of these shoes, I’m here for it.
Thank goodness I didn’t get these shoes in a traditional colorway. Life’s too dope to hide these experiences from other people.