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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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