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    Sneakers you alway's had to have as a kid...or whatever.

    I was in the Childhood memory thread and NetWorker sparked an interesting memory of mine.

    Most kids pick out a certain brand of sneaker and a certain model and always have to have that model sneaker replaced with an identical pair when one pair wore out.

    Most of my friends were into Converse All Stars back in the late 60's early 70's but I always had to have Puma Clyde's in blue sued with the white stripe. I don't know how many pair I went through but I remember when I finally stopped wearing them. I was around 13 years old and started wearing more of a hiking boot and then later went to all white Reboks then went to Nike & then Vans. I still wear Vans today. But in my younger day's only the Puma in blue would do. My mom used to get so mad because they became harder to find. In fact I think they stopped making them and that's when I finally switched to something else. They later started making them again but by then I was over them.

    Post up your favorite / s must have item as a kid whether it be a sneaker or some other had to have item. And include the years you had to have such item.
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    I remember a brief period of time, in like third or fourth grade, that I absolutley had to have one of those cheap, plastic, colored bongs.

    All the other kids were into rolling joints. Not me. Had to have the bubbler.
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    Ha,ha,ha,ha I plead the fifth on that subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I remember a brief period of time, in like third or fourth grade, that I absolutley had to have one of those cheap, plastic, colored bongs.

    All the other kids were into rolling joints. Not me. Had to have the bubbler.
    Mine was red with indentations on the "grip" area; you know.. cuz those things can be slippery with Del Taco and Dorito cheese dust on your hands.

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    Yeah, spilt bong-water is the worst.
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    Man,I NEEDED Vans!



    Wish I would've custom ordered a pair,back when you could.

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    Cool! I've never seen high-top Vans.
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    presumably you have been under a rock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I remember a brief period of time, in like third or fourth grade, that I absolutley had to have one of those cheap, plastic, colored bongs.

    All the other kids were into rolling joints. Not me. Had to have the bubbler.
    As teenagers, we once built our own bong out of a PVC pipe and some other goodies. It leaked badly when taking a draw off of it. We named it "David", after a guy who was the biggest loser in town at the time. Seemed appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Man,I NEEDED Vans!



    Wish I would've custom ordered a pair,back when you could.
    I had those and the floral/hawaiian print slip-ons were the dope when I was in Jr. High.

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    Net, I found these online for you. Perfect for wearing when "all high", playing frisbee and stuff.
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    Hawg - I must have those!

    B-Kul - apparently yes. Although in my defense, I never sought out/inquired about/googled/whatever high top Vans.
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    i suppose skate culture wasnt huge in alabama.

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    I started up with Vans later on after my move to So. Cal. I had to have the light tan sued with white bottoms laces and logo.
    We be stylin!
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    Actually, I grew up in Central Florida. Was a bit into skateboarding, but that was in the late 70's. I remember when Vans were "new".

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    dont know how you missed that then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Actually, I grew up in Central Florida. Was a bit into skateboarding, but that was in the late 70's. I remember when Vans were "new".

    70's skateboarding? Then of course you remember brands like Sims?

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    dont know how you missed that then.
    Because the high top Vans weren't nearly as popular as the slip on's.
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    I had em in the mid-late 80's.They were all I wore when I was into BMX/Freestyle/skate during grade school,middle school,and early high school.I can't remember wearing anything else until skate shoes became popular.My dad even had a pair of blue and grey slip-on's.You could order them in all sorts of custom prints and colors back then.

    I now have three pairs of the regular style Vans and I love em

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    Hawg yes, Sims, Gordon & Smith, Tracker trucks, Bennett trucks, Road Rider wheels, that's the era of skateboarding I'm from. Dogtown and the Z-boys was just starting to go off back then.By the 80's I was out of skating and into moto-cross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Hawg yes, Sims, Gordon & Smith, Tracker trucks, Bennett trucks, Road Rider wheels, that's the era of skateboarding I'm from. Dogtown and the Z-boys was just starting to go off back then.
    Yup, I remember all of those and we got to see the stuff get perfected after that.

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    Stacy Peralta was my hero. I thought I was badass cuz I could crank out like 4-5 360's.Do you recognize the sticker on my helmet?
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    and



    and the football boots i had to have (but never got )


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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Stacy Peralta was my hero. I thought I was badass cuz I could crank out like 4-5 360's.Do you recognize the sticker on my helmet?
    OMG, you are bringing back memories long forgotten. I used to ride wheelies on my board for a long ways. We used to sneak into a closed local skate park at rip it up until the cops came. Then it was skaters scattering in every direction like a disturbed ant's nest, lol. Those were the days. Care free....

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    Yeah, Skateboarding was pretty much born in So-Cal. And you were there for it! If you look closely at that picture, you can see the "coping" we made on it (the ramp) by nailing some wooden dowel to the top edge. Had to grind the axle, or you weren't cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    OMG, you are bringing back memories long forgotten. I used to ride wheelies on my board for a long ways. We used to sneak into a closed local skate park at rip it up until the cops came. Then it was skaters scattering in every direction like a disturbed ant's nest, lol. Those were the days. Care free....
    More like scattering like Cockroaches. Ahh the memories! nothing better than thinking back to a simpler time carefree kid's with zero stress. And toys that would make kids of today scream for their mommies.
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    Wallabees. Either that or Converse All Stars.
    If you didn't wear these you were not cool.
    Our parents hated the fast wearing gummy rubber soles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
    Wallabees. Either that or Converse All Stars.
    If you didn't wear these you were not cool.
    Our parents hated the fast wearing gummy rubber soles.

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    Good one! I remember those, too. But I think that was before Vans were king.

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    Mid 80's I always had Vans, Airwalks or Converse All Stars. I still have Vans today, then I picked up the Vision street Wear shoes I always wanted a few years back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    As teenagers, we once built our own bong out of a PVC pipe and some other goodies. It leaked badly when taking a draw off of it. We named it "David", after a guy who was the biggest loser in town at the time. Seemed appropriate.
    Hawg that's funny we had a guy in our crowd who's last name was Watson. He was always pulling absent minded stuff. It bacame a joke with everyone and we would always say "don't pull a Watson".
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    Delete, delete, delete! This has been a full delete. We now return you to you regularly programmed Off Camber.

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    Hurry delete. Your post I don't want his whole name in there. I focked up it was his last name we coined a phrase from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Net, I found these online for you. Perfect for wearing when "all high", playing frisbee and stuff.
    I literally spit beer out... Hahaha!! I must be 'all high' and sheet...
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    When I was young I wore Desert Boots. They were worn by boys and girls. These have made a comeback and GAP is selling them this season

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    When I was in highschool we didn't wear boots in winter (despite freezing northern temps), we wore sneakers. My favs were red and white Adidas Gazelles

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    I often froze my feet but that didn't stop me from being cool

    Later I only wore Doc Martens...

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    I have a vintage pair of Gazelles that I wear sometimes but I prefer my Blundstones or Docs
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    have some music to go with your shoes

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    Anyone ever wear Beatle boots or moccasins? When I was a kid there
    were only PF Flyers and Converse All Stars. Not much else.

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    I was so stoked when I got a pair of Reebok Pumps. I think I must've been 9 or 10 years old.
    Pump it up and I could jump 10 feet higher!

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    Being a teenager in the 70's, I always wore either Chuck Taylor Converse or Pro Keds. Would wear holes in the bottom from skateboarding and doing 360's. Then, in 10th grade, I ran track and starting wearing Nike's as well, blue with a white swoosh.
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    Sneakers you alway's had to have as a kid...or whatever.

    I had the blue Adidas Gazelles


    Also had adidas campus



    Let's not forget air max 90s




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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Anyone ever wear Beatle boots or moccasins? When I was a kid there
    were only PF Flyers and Converse All Stars. Not much else.
    Are you ready boots?



    I remember wanting GoGo boots, but I was too young ... and had to wear those Desert Boots ^

    Later my mother-in law gave me a pair of her vintage GoGo boots. They are so groovy
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    Go Go Judy!
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    Anyone remember Zuba pants? Late 80's or early 90's, I think.

    This Halloween, I did a promo video for a non-profit, gratis, (spook house kind of thing) and as thanks they gave me a pair of tickets, so we went. My wife insisted that we "dress-up". I'm not really one for that kind of stuff, but I said I'll be an "80's Dude". She went as a "60's Chick".

    Anyway, I still have my Zuba knock-offs from like 20 years ago. (couldn't afford the real ones back then).....and I just ripped up an old tee shirt and Susie found this zebra bandana, ala Eddie Van Halen.



    I'm just estacic that I could fit into my pants of 20 years ago! Last Halloween I was a good thirty pounds heavier, and it would not have happened.
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    Net, you do indeed look like you are ready to go to a VH concert.

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    Sneakers you alway's had to have as a kid...or whatever.

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    Net, you do indeed look like you are ready to go to a VH concert.
    Wait that's not a costume



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    I'm off to see Def Leppard.....

    EDIT: Hawg, I just now get that you meant Van Halen. I read your post as "VH1".....and I'm not even all high.
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    I'll admit, I've been wearing those pants around the house lately...sooo comfortable!
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    Let us know how they were when you get home.

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    see edit above

    Maybe DL will open for VH???
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    .....and I'm not even all high.
    Well what are you waiting for, a written invitation? It's mid mornin' in da dirty Souf by now isn't it?

    BTW, IMO, VH should open for DL.

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    Not stocked at the moment.

    And both are (were) headliners...neither would open for anyone, probably.
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