Daves Top 10 Shoes of the 2000’s

After the all the (still ongoing) success of my Top Shoes From The 90’s list, I decided to come with a follow up. This time highlighting the following decade.

In the 2000’s — Nike was still dominating, but the competition was ample. Hip-Hop culture was still dictating how most of us dressed. Meaning: Baggy jeans, basketball shoes, and most likely a T-shirt. Shoes were a little bulkier due to the baggy jeans, but it all flowed together, somehow.

Without further ado, I present to you, my list of fire from the 2000’s:

 

10. Air Jordan ‘Cool Grey’

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It’s rare when I actually want to buy a pair of J’s. But, when these came out I planned to do that very thing. Problem was, everyone else had the same plan. Needless to say, they were sold out, and ’til this day I never laced up a pair. On a funny side note, my boy Garry bought them when they came out, and put these shits in a glass case, never to be touched . The young dude way of making a focal point for the room.

 

9. Nike Air Huarache 2k4

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I liked these mostly because when I played 2k, I would throw these on players who could ball. The white, red and blue were the original pair, but something about making the majority of the shoe navy blue, gives it more of a classic look.

 

8. Nike Air Adjust/Modify

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I actually had the Air Modify Forces, although I really wanted the Adjust. Nonetheless, I changed that damn strap every chance I got!

 

7. Nike Shox VC II 

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Vince Carter actually had a series of Shox, but the second rendition were my favorites. They looked comfy, sleek, and to the point.

 

6.Adidas Crazy 8’s

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Before Kobe left for Nike, he was stuntin’ in these joints. This was after he was dating Brandy….err escorting her to prom, so I believe these were around 2000. I’m not sure, but I don’t really give a damn either way. These are beautiful shoes. Adidas has yet to top these. The joints with the clear bottom is some of Adidas best work though.

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I just hope the guy who designed them got a promotion.

 

5. Nike Air Yeezy 

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I liked them. These are a rare find now. And by find, I mean at a normal price. If you search  for these on Ebay, you’d close your computer. The prices are astronomical. I’ll stick to looking at them from afar.

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4. Penny Foamposites

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Oh yeah! The shoes that started a trend that’s still going strong. This was the first pair of $200 shoes. Back then we thought Nike was out of there got damn minds, but as you know; $200 is normal now. These are also a staple amongst the sneaker head community.

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3. retro Air Jordan 1’s

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These are sexy, no?

 

2. Reebok The Question

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It had been a long time since Reebok came with it. Nobody had been checking for Reebok since the pump action Dee Brown shits. Then Iverson became the the Hood champ, stopped wearing Jordans, and it was on from there. He probably had one more fire signature shoe after this, then it was over for Reebok.

 

 

  1. Air Force 1

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Come on. I know you had a few pair of these. Which color(s). I hope Nike gave Nelly some stock, or free Air Force’s for life. That man had people wearing Air Force’s to church, work, and job interviews! People thought this was the most versatile shoe ever created. Simple, yet aesthetically pleasing. These shoes were definitely king of the 2000’s.

Thank you for checking out my list. I plan to make one more, dedicated to shoes Nike needs to give me one more crack at. Starring these beauties:

Until Next Time✌🏿

 

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Tareau’s top 10 Afros of all time.

Yes Yes yes the most underrated hairstyle has came back in full force. I am jealous that I lost my hair so here’s 10 Afros that I’ve always admired

Honorable Mention: Me circa 2006. 

10. Snoop Dogg back in that day. 

9. Black Michael Jackson 

8. ?uestLove 

7. Ben Wallace

6. Dr. J.

5. Esperanza Spalding 

4. Diana Ross

3. Ike Turner 

2. Angela Davis

1. Hands down Bob Ross. Look at the whimsy in his eyes. That gleeful smile. Hahhahahaha. 

Top 10 + 1 Shoe Wishlist 2017

The Couch Sports

If you know The Dave, then you know I have a thing for shoes. Runs in my blood. It’s not many things better than having a collection of shoes to choose from. I love to dress, and shoes are my domain! I put together a list of shoes I plan, or would love to get my hands on. Yes I take donations lol.

[Running/Training Shoes]

Running shoes are my favorite tier of shoe. Unless we are going somewhere important I probably have on a pair. I need the following:

NIKE AIR HUARACHE ULTRA

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I remember being told a long time ago, that the Huarache is one of the most comfortable shoes ever assembled. I’ve only tried on a pair, but this color way will assure I finally purchase a pair.

Retail Price: $120

NIKE AIR MAX 90 ULTRA ESSENTIAL

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Benefits vianike.com:

  • Breathable mesh upper with synthetic leather overlays for enhanced…

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Top 10 + 1 Shoe Wishlist 2017

If you know The Dave, then you know I have a thing for shoes. Runs in my blood. It’s not many things better than having a collection of shoes to choose from. I love to dress, and shoes are my domain! I put together a list of shoes I plan, or would love to get my hands on. Yes I take donations lol.

[Running/Training Shoes]

Running shoes are my favorite tier of shoe. Unless we are going somewhere important I probably have on a pair. I need the following:

NIKE AIR HUARACHE ULTRA

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I remember being told a long time ago, that the Huarache is one of the most comfortable shoes ever assembled. I’ve only tried on a pair, but this color way will assure I finally purchase a pair.

Retail Price: $120

NIKE AIR MAX 90 ULTRA ESSENTIAL

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Benefits via nike.com:

  • Breathable mesh upper with synthetic leather overlays for enhanced support
  • Injected unitsole midsole/outsole for cushioning, durability and minimal weight
  • Visible Nike Max Air heel unit for lightweight impact protection
  • Rubber outsole for durability and traction

What The Dave Thinks: Just look at them! Air Max 90’s are the best shoes in American history. Comfy as well

Retail Price: $120

PACKER SHOES x ADIDAS NMD PRIMEKNIT

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☝🏾☝🏾 These are sexy no?

East Coast shoe store, Packer Shoes has teamed up with Adidas to release their own: Packer Shoes x adidas NMD Primeknit collaboration. Using a classic color palette that was a prominent fixture in much of the brand’s ’80s and ’90s sportswear output.

Retail Price: $180

Adidas NMD XR1 Triple Black

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If a picture says a thousand words, should I not say another peep?

Well, I like to talk. Plus these shoes are a bit of a mystery. I’ve scoured the internet profusely, and believe it or not it’s hard to get a consistent price on these. It’s mostly people charging an arm and a leg on Ebay, among other sites. But I like these, and other pictures, including ones on other people’s feet, are just as attractive as they are standing alone above.

$ Depends

 

[Basketball Shoes]

When I was a young lad, all I ever wore were hoop shoes. With age you tend to outgrow or graduate your taste in…everything. But there are two pair of shoes that have caught my eye that I’m considering. They are as follows:

 

Air Jordan 4 Motorsport

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I maybe owned 2 pair of J’s in my life. Never really cared for them. They represented a followers mentality, searching for significance. These pair may be the first pair in well over a decade that gave me the urge to buy. Meh, we’ll see.

Retail Price: $190

 

 

Nike Kobe XI Elite 

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I’ve never in my life purchased a pair of Kobe’s, but these are fly. Something about them. Sort of stealth like. Maybe it’s the clear bottom or the upper mesh, either way thievery well could end up being the only hoop shoes in my closet.

Retail Price: $200

 

[Casual]

Asics ONITSUKA TIGER MEXICO 66 – MEN’S

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I have a soft spot for casual shoes. I also have an affinity for Asics. Any low tops w/ a gum bottom gets a second look from me. These are versatile, and there are so many color ways to choose from. I need help picking. See the other colors here

Retail Price: $75

 

[Grown Men Shoes]

If you didn’t know, The Dave has reached official grown ass man age. I turn 35 in 17 days. Embrace it right? Right. So i’m finding shoe’s like the ones below, really have my attention. Funny how age and maturity mix, and change your thinking patterns. In my 20’s I hadn’t noticed this style of shoe. Not once. Now I want a closet full. Anyhow, I have no spill for the magnificence below, I’ll just let you bask in the glory that is the future of my closet.

 

Gucci Leather perforated lace-up shoe

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$950

LONG BRANCH WINGTIP BOOTS

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$350

 

 

 

Alden Alpine Wingtip Boot 

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FRANCESCHETTI

Leather & Tweed Wingtip Boots

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Retail Price: $550

 

Hope you enjoyed my list. More to come. And if anyone has suggestions on shoes, or want to talk shoes, you know where to find me.

Tareau’s greasiest sistahs of all time.

Finally it is here. I am not holding back either ladies. There are some greasy ladies out there and a greasy lady is not only extra shiny but a low down, back stabbing lady. Please look out for them and do not leave anything around because they might take it from you. Remember these are all jokes and in good fun so don’t be all sensitive, smdh.

10. Taraji Henson

Ok, Taraji is fine and all but I don’t trust her at all. She looks like she would poke holes in ya condom stash. Just Trifilin. 

9. Star Jones

Greasiness comes in different hues and sizes. Yes the same Star Jones who said that she was a certified dime piece on national TV. 😔😔😔. Her weaves be looking like when you run ya fingers through her hair, they feel like caterpillars. Lmfao 

8. Bunny Debarge 

Bunny, you are only on here because you know damn well you look exactly like your brothers in the 80s. I don’t trust you so when I come over your house, I am leaving my wallet hidden underneath your bathroom sink.

7. Missy Elliott 

Missy is the most underrated performer of all time🎶, but y’all know that hefty bag was all greasy and sweaty. Them finger waves were screaming for moisturizer 24/7. 

6. Latoya Jackson

Yes you were greasy Latoya, airing out your family business and being all Glisteny in ya playboy shoots. You know you need to have a hurricane Katrina~esq bath and hibernate in a botanical garden for 2 weeks. Just Trifilin. 


5. Tiffany New York Pollard

Yes she was and don’t try and cover for her. She let her greasiness effect pop culture for a decade now. You see what Flavor Flav did. Hell I could of did the whole list on his contestants hahahaha. And Flav should of been on the Brothas list but oh well. 

4. Gabrielle Union

Cmon Gabe, how you gonna let ya hubby post an after smash session pic of ya greasy, Dirty ass face? You are probably the handsomiest greasiest lady in the history of greasiness. Yes that’s right I went there. 

3. Grace Jones

Ok you have broken a lot of barriers Ms. Jones and a really a legend but why do you look like you profusely sweet oil of olay?? Don’t tell me it’s lights or makeup, she is always greasy. Especially on boomerang.

2. Daphene Maxwell Reid

Tim Reid your wife is a goddess when it comes to the grease business. Yes she is. Never liked her. She is not Aunt Viv. Just look at her evil face all shiny and mean looking. Smdh.

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1. Robin Givens

You guys know why. Gold digger, greasy, ugly, mean, all of that. She would make the perfect evil villian in movies because of permanent scowl she wears so proudly. Lmfao.

There were several ladies I left off *cough Rihanna cough* but hey its my list. Please who would you add or subtract from this list. Tell us. If you are in a grumpy or sad mood, I hope this post made u smile, even for a Lil bit. 

Tareau’s Black Business Dilemma 

 

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The Black Business Conundrum

Yeeeeeessssss or Yaaaasssss as someone would say (*cough lady g* cough). I love to support Black Businesses. Let me reiterate:
I love SUPPORTING Black businesses. From fashions, to tapestries, to food, to natural oils. I’ve been spending like crazy. However, spending as a Black consumer sometimes leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. Hmmmm What do you mean, Tareau?

This……
You as a business owner, are in the business of making money. Nothing is wrong with that. Putting your blood, sweat and tears into a business and watching it thrive is a blessing, am I right? I do not know that much on economics nor businesses so I am just telling you my perspectives on changes I feel that need to be made. However I have a bone to pick with my Black Business Owners. This post will talk about my personal experiences and possible solutions dealing with commerce within the Black community.

#1. PRESENTATION

Look the part. If you work in health and beauty, you should look clean and neat. That’s simple. Clean and neat is well groomed. Dress for the job. If you are selling me a time share, please don’t come to my crib looking like Young Thug or Gucci Mane.

Hahahahhaha.  Moving on,  lets do a scenario shall we? Imagine you find out that someone close to you, or a friend of a friend is opening a business and they would like your support. You ask for the details about an event they are hosting or participating in, only to get shunned off. You get the information last minute. The potential business owner tells you that their event starts at 3pm. You get to the event at 245pm only to find that there is no signage or banner or someone to greet you. You are lost. You are thinking, “I have a pocket full of cash and I don’t feel safe looking for a potential sale.” You finally find the place and it’s now 315pm and the person who you are supporting tells you “Why are you late?” Annoyed, you ask them if you could see the merchandise. They tell you that they are not done setting up yet. They also insinuates that you should help them. LMFAO. Come on Black People, show of hands if you know someone who has done this to you? How can you as a consumer be asked to help with a the Business when you are not reaping any profits? Why wasn’t there any flyers or cards to detail the event in a timely manner? Why should I as a customer feel obligated to help you set up when you invited me as a potential client? If I need a loan, will you give me one because I’ve “HELPED” you?

#2. BUSINESS ACUMEN

Please Black Owners, treat me as an individual. When I walk into a Black Owned Barbershop, please don’t greet me with “What’s up Nigga? Who you here foe?” (Yes not for but foe).

A potential client or customer deserves to know The Who’s, The What’s, The When’s, The Where’s, and The Why’s. I am no way asking for you as an owner to do anything out of your power as a business owner, but just provide me with transparent information when asked. No attitude, no subliminal messages about me being “snooty.” One rule of business is that word of mouth is big, it’s tremendous for your bottom line. I am no means a douche or one of those pretentious yelpers, but when you come off threatening when asked simple questions, I will take my business elsewhere. You can’t get mad for someone inquiring about your products. A little please and thank you, goes along way. If you do not have a product please let us know when it will be in stock again. Offer alternatives, provide receipts, provide IMMEDIATE shipping info, and have a great attitude when dealing with customers on the phone. No one is asking you to bend over backwards. This is the job or career you’ve chose.

Example:
I’m a bus driver so if you are on my bus and you ask me a question about the route, or about destination times, I can’t be mad at you. It is in the Job Description. Every career has Pros and Cons. You deal with it. I deal with Traffic, rain, traffic officers, ride share vehicles, buses, trains, pedestrians, cyclists, and construction. If you are a passenger on my bus, those elements I just named, is not your problem. That is what you are paying my company for.

#3 FAIR PRICING

Like I stated, I love supporting Black Owned Businesses but if you are charging me an outrageous price for your product, I can’t do it. I am already on a tight budget, as most African Americans are. I am not asking for a hook up either. I want to pay a “FAIR” price for your goods and services. I want to help, but I don’t want to be in debt. If you are selling a tapestry for $250 and I go on Amazon.com, and they have it for $75, what do you think I am going to do? I have a solution, offer another tapestry to sell me. Maybe $100 for another tapestry. Maybe instead of $250 we could agree to $200. Maybe a payment plan or layaway. Once again I want to support you but if I wave a monthly entertainment budget of $150, You are asking me to spend that while spending another $50 from my grocery budget. You are trying to sell your goods to a community of people who have limited income. You can’t have a Capitalist mentality, when people can barely get by. Cmon now. Help us help you.

#4. SHOW PROOF OF YOUR REINVESTMENT INTO THE COMMUNITY

I’m sorry, I need to see proof. You cant say for me to support your business when your goal is to get Jordans for your whole family. Or some dumb shit like that. You want me to buy your merchandise, not to send your kids to college but to go to the club? Riiiiiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhhhhhtttttttt!! You say you want and need the support of the Black community, then I need to see a small percentage of your profits reinvested, inside the community. Not for trivial things. Not for vanity. Not for Imagery. I get it, work hard, play hard, but If we are buying your products and you are walking around in Gucci and expensive jewelry while are all bummy looking, I can’t fuck with you. Don’t hustle your own people. Be real. I actually had to cut a few friends off due to the “HUSTLER MENTALITY.”

#5 KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR PRODUCT.

As I mentioned about this “HUSTLER MENTALITY”, Please be knowledgeable about your product. Even if you don’t like, use, or consume it, please let your clients or customers know about feedback. I myself am allergic to strawberries, so if I had a strawberry farm, I would get feedback about my product. Plain and simple. Don’t sell me a dream. If you use the rhetoric that we are all brothas and the White man is responsible for our misfortunes, are you not contradicting yourself? Aren’t you trying to take my money for bettering yourself? Don’t try to relate to me on a racial level, but try to swindle me. Please DON’T do that.

Well there you have my tirade, on Black Owned Businesses. Please note that WE have to do 1000 times better, if we truly want change. Please like, comment, subscribe, share, etc. I would love to hear your take and experiences with Black Owned Businesses. Did I miss something? Did I say too much? By all means please share.
Take the mic away, it is your cue
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Tareau’s Top 10 jerseys in NBA History

The Couch Sports

Yes. Yes. And yes again. Every die hard sports fan has a favorite jersey. Whether it’s a classic throwback, an every so often alternate, the same classic jersey with updated graphics and coloring, or even if it’s just a rival team who’s jersey you’ve grown accustom to over the years. I’m no different in the sense of a die hard sports fan. So here’s my crappie list. Keep in mind this is my list. Get your own dam unis. Ha ha ha

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10. The 95/96 Forest green Milwaukee  Bucks alternate away Jerseys. Awww yes. These were retired in the 98/99 season. I used to love seeing Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell wearing these jerseys every so often. Hell even Tim Thomas and Darvin Ham too.

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9. The 96/97 Utah Jazz away unis. These were a nice shade of purple with the mountain in the background. Utah had success…

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Dave’s Top 10 NBA Jerseys of All-Time

The Couch Sports

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10. Toronto Raptors (1996)

The duo of Marcus Camby and Damon Stoudamire gave Michael Jordan and your precious Bulls one of those 10 losses 20 years ago in these beauties!

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9. Phoenix Suns black jerseys  (Mid-90’s)

Debated wheter to go purple or black for a while. The black definitely stands out more,     and make the Sun really pop. These made me want to buy Barkley’s signature shoe! 

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8. NBA Allstar jerseys (1996)

If you were watching Allstar gamespot from the 90’season to the present these should be your favorite ones. If not fight me! 

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7. Washington Bullets (1995)

The name alone gets them on the list.

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6. Denver Nuggets  (Mid-90’s)

Do you know who that is?  Do you at least remember the jerseys? That’s  Mahmoud Abdul Rauf.  Top 3 most underrated players of all time  wearing one of those most underrated jerseys ever. You can see the skyline…

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Dave’s Top 10 shoes from the 90’s

The Couch Sports

Wheter you grew up in the 90’season or not, you have to admit the best athletic shoes came out of that decade. I put together a list of my 10 favorite pair of shoes to come out of that great era.

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     10. Nike Air Penny

I had a tough time deciding between these and the  Nike Air Ups. I adored both, but I decided I’d give his official debut signature shoe the nod.

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     9. Nike Air Max ’97 aka Dan O’briens’

My cousin Terrell had these, and I wanted to borrow them more than anything,       because I knew I couldn’t have them. These shoes were classic! This shoe in.                            particular rekindleday my love for running shoes

FILA-Varsity-96-18. Fila ’96 Varsity

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Prepping…For a real Winter

Nope, I’m not in Kansas California anymore! T-minus 2 months until my first showdown with Old Man Winter.

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Yes, that dude.

So, I’m getting ready early. Real early. I’ll give you a sneak peak into my (fashionable) winter plans.

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This beautiful shoe is the Air Force 1 Duck boot. I been into Nike boots, for a while—winter or not. I’m assuming 2 or possibly 3 pairs of socks will do the trick.

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I’m not one to wear the same shoes everyday, so these Nike Nevist 6’s will be in rotation as well. Did I mentioned I like Nike boots?

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You know what I plan on being? Warm! And I might wear ugly christmas sweaters under it all winter too!!

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Just discovered this little ditty today! Something tells me a black man in a ski mask will throw some people off….. but I bet I’ll be warmer than their alarmed asses

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See what I’ll be dealing with? I may need to walk around with an electric blanket and a bear skin hat. Any tips you winter veterans have for a California transplant?