For the sake of fashion enthusiasts everywhere, stop promoting Nike Roshe Runs. It’s not that Nike made them out of animal skin or something like that, they’ve just become the epitome of tasteless shoewear. Roshe runs were first introduced around 2012, and immediately exploded onto the market. Roshes followed after another major success with Nike’s free run collection which also had garnered a lot of attention from the public eye. However, developed by Dylan Raasch, these Roshe shoes were on a whole other level when they were first introduced. These shoes were filed as a “running shoe” but they were used less for running, and more for aesthetic purposes. Praised for it’s simplistic design, it included a basic flat white sole without the weird flexibility ability from Free Runs, with a mesh mid and mesh upper body, the shoe seemed to only have 3 distinct features to create the entire thing, a plain sole, a plain mesh body, and a Nike logo that donned the side of the shoe.
And when I say they exploded onto the scene, I mean they were the only shoe sneaker heads and regular citizens would talk about. They were the shoe to have. With their gaining popularity, more and more variations of the shoe came out, customized colors and unique designs, all the while maintaining the shoe’s simplistic style. This is where it all soon went downhill. While the mass public might still be sucked in to the Roshe craze, the fashion community has been sustaining quite the headache from the constant barrage of social media posts featuring the shoes. Roshes overall have become watered down, and that’s what happens to everything that becomes popular, the item becomes overused and soon obsolete. I myself own a pair a Roshes, however I feel a little better knowing I might be the only one in the Midwest owning a pair of woven Roshes, where the shoe isn’t even recognizable as a member of the Roshe collection except for its unmistakable plain while sole. We can also thank Dylan Raasch for designing a shoe that was a gateway into the movement towards more basic shoe designs which we see visible today in shoes such as Yeezy Boosts and regular Adidas Boosts.
In conclusion, Roshes have made a serious impact on the way we value our shoe style, and we give the shoe lots of thank yous, but it’s time for the general public to gain a new sense of originality and be brave enough to shift away from the Roshe runs and find their own taste in shoe fashion.
Earlier this week, we had a speaker come in, who was actually a professional cellist, to talk to us. Walking into the talk I had absolutely no idea what she was going to talk to us about, all I knew was that she was going to play some music. When she started the talk, she introduced herself and talked about what she did and what she was going to play, and right before she did, she asked us to think about one question while she played a song, and that question was “What is art?”. Wow. Kind of deep. Quite frankly I didn’t even know how to answer that even after she finished her song, but after contemplating it for a couple of days, my answer to “What is art?” is this: Art is something that can be done for the enjoyment of others, but is something that has become a true passion for the user, and art can be pretty much anything, painting, creating music with an instrument, a voice, or electronically, dancing, architecture, fashion, and even one’s body can be one’s artistic passion. Art has made it’s effect nearly everywhere in society and can be completely overlooked, shoes are designed with an artistic and tasteful value, same goes for watches, even the design of your smartphone was created by someone or a group of people who had a passion for creating what the phone of the future should look like.
Now art is a lot of things, but then there are things that shouldn’t be considered art, and it isn’t necessarily specific things or hobbies that aren’t considered artistic, it’s just the way that they are done in or the reasons they are done. For example, if one were to make music, that they enjoyed creating themselves and did it with heart and with their own flavor, and they shared that music to a crowd and profited from that music, that would still be considered art. However it no longer becomes art when the value in producing the music becomes lost by the value of the profit margins made during the production of the work, whether it be during a concert or selling CDs. It doesn’t only apply to music either, the artistic value can be lost in almost anything, when that passion no longer becomes a passion and that “passion” is no longer done to benefit the doer emotionally.
In one of my previous blog posts I talked about what our generation believes is success, and the reason we believe you aren’t successful unless you like a lifestyle like no other is actually much deeper than an increased social media presence by extravagant personalities. It actually starts with going back a few generations, for my generation, we’re going back to our great-grandparents, who lived through the Great Depression, a time where if you had a job, no matter the pay, you were quite successful in the eyes of many, and as that generation grew older and had children, they wanted something more for their children, so they pushed their kids to get a job that they could eventually build into a career, whether they liked that career or not, and that would be our grandparents today. Our grandparents raised our parents and they wanted to give our parents something special, so, they granted them with entertainment, with actually giving them a toy or two to enjoy as a child, something they never had when they were children, they might have also started saving money to send their children to college, something they never were able to do, so that their kids could get a better job, whether they liked it or not, and live a better life than them. Now we get to our parents, and to give us something they never had, they SHOWER us in toys, giving us new toys all the time, they let us play in little league sports, and we have birthday parties where we bring all of our friends to some place like Chuck E Cheese. Our parents also gave us one other thing, they gave us this sense of uniqueness, they preached to us they we were special and we could grow up to be anything we want to be, since generations before us didn’t have that option of loving what they did.
Unfortunately, this sense of uniqueness is quite unrealistic, and will lead to nothing but disappointment in the future. Why? Because when an entire generation is told they are special and are entitled to something, it is going to get really awkward when they realize they aren’t entitled to anything when they enter the workforce. It is going to get really awkward when they end up working for someone else so that they can help their boss achieve their goals, and who would actually love that?