The other day, I was searching Craigslist for a house to rent next semester when I came across these sneakers.
Immediately I was flooded with memories of my childhood. I once owned a pair of sneakers quite similar to these! I remembered the days when I would sit in front of the TV, eagerly waiting for Power Rangers to begin and I still had velcro on my sneakers.
But really, the best story about Power Rangers sneakers isn't about me, but my brother Pasquale.
One year, Pasquale and I both got Power Rangers sneakers. At the time, Pasquale was in 1st grade and I was a year younger. So of course we grew out of the sneakers quickly.
The following Christmas, I got new sneakers! I think they were black.
Well, Pasquale got new sneakers too....
Except they weren't so new; they were the same Power Rangers sneakers! Just bigger!
Well by this point, all of the cool kids were over Power Rangers.
Pasquale hid his feet everywhere he went, hoping he would eventually get new sneakers.
Months passed, and his birthday finally came in August.
After rockin' Power Rangers sneakers for so long, he was excited to open a b-day present that looked like a shoebox.... But he could tell something was wrong....
Yup, inside was another pair of the same Power Rangers sneakers, just bigger!
My sisters and I chuckled and my dad probably yelled at us. Pasquale just cried.
Well the best part of this story is that this trend continued for a while; every time Pasquale complained about growing out of his sneakers, my dad would get him a new pair of Power Rangers sneakers! This lasted until he was in 5th grade (!!!) when we moved in with my mom.
She finally had the sensibility to get him different sneakers.
My sister TJ still bothers him about it today since she was one of the lucky ones who fought against my father's poor sense of fashion.
Isn't it great when your parents make you wear embarrassing clothing?