BLOWN AWAY :: SHOOTING THE HUNDREDS SUMMER 2014 October 12 2014, 0 Comments

I was going through my stash of old mags the other day and came across these gems below. Flipping through the pages of SLAM Magazine brought me back to a time when print was all that mattered. The internet was just taking off and the blogs of today didn’t exist. Nike Park was the almighty. A simple, HTML-heavy site that featured scans of Nike catalogs with pretty shitty pictures, but boy, was it amazing back then. It was a small dose of the future. (For those unfamiliar with Nike Park, check it out HERE.)

Before I ponied up the cash to send a money order for a subscription, I would sneak a mag into the shopping cart every time my folks went to buy groceries, eventually building a steady collection after some months. While I enjoyed reading the articles on NBA hoopers and up-and-comers, my favorite part of SLAM was flipping all the way back to the KICKS section and getting a peek into upcoming releases. Eventually SLAM dedicated an entire issue to shoes in September of ’98 and I immediately lost my shit. It was the most amazing thing ever.

Some years later the internet boomed, blogs started popping up and everything became readily available for the world to consume. I can’t complain too much. The internet is mostly responsible for me being able to build a career, but I really do miss those simpler times.

Taking a stroll down memory lane, I caught up with my friend Russ Bengtson, Sneaker Editor at Complex and former Editor-in-Chief at SLAM, for a chat about his time at the magazine and how the entire print and sneaker landscape has changed since.

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