By Craig Kwasniewski
First some background... I loves my sneaks! Six months ago I shifted from collecting the Crazy-8's to Nike Dunks. (BTW - I still collect Air Jordan IV's) Dunks are cheaper than normal hoops shoes ($70 vs. $110) and I can wear them at work without catching shit from the boss. My collection is rather small and my favorite is the HR Puff-n-Stuff's for "several" reasons. Anyway, when I'm not scouring the web for NBA news, I'm bouncing around Nike Dunk sites for upcoming shoes and release dates.
I stumbled upon the Ginobilis at kick-friend.com a few weeks ago and thought nothing about them. They are a special release commemorating the 2006 World Championships in Japan, but since I hate the Spurs, I could give a damn about some Manu Gynobili kicks.
Then I saw them in person at Undefeated in Santa Monica the other day. DAMN they're sweet!!! They have clear powder blue soles and the inserts show a map from Argentina to San Antonio. So if you can stomach the Manu Ginobili era I suggest purchasing a pair.
This time I'll pass on the usual, "sport these and flop like Manu!" jokes because I actually like the shoes. It's just too bad that I can't stand Manu's game along with the Spurs.