Nike Sucks Ass

I threw away a pair of sneakers tonight. My trusty old Reeboks, which have served me well for these past four years, finally fell apart during tonight’s walk. The outer sole peeled away from the soft midsole, which in turn detached from the upper. They’ve been falling apart for almost a year now, ever since that DMX cushion crap in the midsole popped and the shoes started squeaking like a doggie toy with every step I took. They weren’t particularly snazzy shoes, sort of dark green and gray with orange piping, but they were damn comfy. And they took a beating for years. Adios, mis zapatos fieles.

Which brings me to those crap ass Nikes. I will never purchase a pair of Nikes again. Walking home wih my shoes flapping about wildly, I got to thinking about how many pairs of shoes have failed me, and they were nearly all Nikes. It started with several pairs of football cleats, which invariably blew apart towards the end of a single season. I originally put these failures down to the stress of daily football practice during rainy season on Guam, but now I am not so sure. I’ve had pair after pair of Nikes fall apart on me; hell, I got two busted pairs in my closet right now. Boots, running shoes, cross trainers, a couple pairs of sandals, those cleats I mentioned, hiking shoes and water slippers, they’ve all fallen apart on me during crucial moments. I can honestly recall Nike footwear crumbling away during four seperate hikes down to Tarzan Falls.

I understand shoes fall apart, my problem with Nike is that their shoes fall apart without any warning, during the worst possible times. Those Reeboks gradually failed over the course of months. When I put them on tonight I thought it might be the last time I would ever wear them, and I was right. Without fail, every pair of Nikes that disintegrated under my footsteps did so without any warning signs. Right when I get to the furthest point in a hike, the Nikes inevitably fail, leaving me to walk back to my car barefoot. That’s why I’ll never buy another pair of Nikes. Time to try another brand, maybe some more Reeboks, New Balance or Adidas. But not Nikes.