Every sneakerhead knows which shoe got them into their often very expensive hobby. Usually when someone asks me this question, I say that for me it was the Adidas Superstar, but really it was the brashly branded Nike Air More Uptempo back in 1996. I was not quite 9-years-old when Scottie Pippen’s shoe was released and as a weird kid who pretended they were Pippen rather than Michael Jordan on the elementary school playground basketball court, I was all over these kicks.
Fast forward 21 years and now Nike is releasing a new colorway for the More Uptempo like every hour. Although this shoe doesn’t necessarily fit my usual aesthetic, I had to cop a pair in the colorway I had as a little kid (and begged my grandmother for). This is purely for my own nostalgia, but I was so hesitant in pulling the trigger on a shoe this expensive that I know I wouldn’t wear often, but life works out sometimes and I found these in the colorway I had two decades ago at a Nike Outlet for $40 off retail.
With a shoe this garish, I wanted to pair them with neutrals that would highlight the kicks and be aesthetically pleasing to myself when I look down at my feet. I love a pattern clash when I’m wearing ties, but for uber casual, neutrals can speak louder than crazy colors and patterns. I love the versatility of this Uniqlo shirt that is an exact replica of the OG107 utility combat shirt. It’s a perfect layering piece and something that can be easily personalized similar to every queer’s wardrobe staple: the denim jacket/vest. It can also be dressed up, dressed down, more femme (pairing it with a statement necklace) less femme, and everything in between. Underneath is a plain white V-neck t-shirt from Uniqlo as well that I got for $3 on sale.
The t-shirt is a little big in the shoulders (The XS ran hella big) and if I’m not constantly adjusting or wearing a top layer it exposes part of my binder. When I started to bind almost two years ago, I used to hate having any part of it showing, but this is something I’ve gotten over and embraced. Who cares about a little shoulder fabric when you feel confident in your clothes and skin?!