It all started with a dream. Well, that's not quite right. It all started with a shoe. The dream came later. And the end result is a collection so large it needed to be divided in two, to be released on consecutive weekends, one part an ending, the second a new beginning.

But we'll get to that in a bit. We start in the Queens of the mid-'90s, where a young Ronnie Fieg and his crew were looking for a way to stand out from their peers. Instead of Jordans, they wore Uptempos. “Off of the Uptempos we were waiting for the next bulky Air Max basketball shoe,” Fieg says. “When the Pippen 1s first came out, me and my crew all bought those, and we were riding our bikes in packs by 26 Park, by Fresh Meadows, all rocking the Pippen 1s. That was the most fun, if I had to think back, that was the most fun I ever had in my life. I had no worries, I was making a lot of money for my age, working at David Z.”

That original pair of white Pippen 1s is long gone, but since Fieg had started getting multiple pairs of each shoe by that time—one to rock, one to stock—he still has OGs. “I remember buying two pairs of those shoes. In fact, I remember buying one pair in Sneaker Market, they didn’t have another pair in my size, and buying the other pair in Rugged Sole the next day. So all those pairs that I collected back then are definitely somewhere. Somewhere safe.”

 

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