20 Ways The Sneaker Game Was Different 20 Years Ago

Your Beaters Were Actually Beaters

If you were a typical kid in the early '90s, you had two pairs of sneakers: this year's pair and last year's pair. Last year's pair, no matter what they were, became your outdoor-basketball-playing, bike-riding shoes, and this year's pair was saved for school and the mall. If you had a third pair, it was from three years back, and those were for mowing the lawn, running around the woods and playing tackle football. And if that timeline was six months instead of a year, you were ballin'. Your "beaters" surely weren't a pair of exclusives that you'd worn in the rain once.

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