Saturday, March 17, 2012


chalk this up under the i-can't-believe-this-just-happened category.

a peculiar package - i haven't ordered anything lately - arrived at my doorstep the other day. armed with the return address label of beaverton, OR - only the headquarters of nike - i tore into the small box with glee. lo and behold, i received this amazing little gift box:

as most of you know, i've been an ardent supporter of the swoosh since my very first pair of the original air jordan I (white/navy colorway) release from a discount shoe store. i've owned quite a few of their iconic sneakers over the years - the air force max (michigan's fab five), the air maestro (j-kidd), the presto (like a t-shirt for the feet), the air max 95 (original colorway in grey/green), the air jordan XI (my fave pair of kicks of all time) and even the air rift (split toe in camo).

but with the advent of the nike free in 2005, it was the company's first foray into barefoot running after discovering the positive effects it had on the human body. i soon joined the fray, starting with the 5.0 - a numerical system where the lowest number was closest to barefoot - then graduating to the 3.0, where i couldn't imagine running in anything else. with its impossible flexibility, its lightweight feel (under 7 ounces for a shoe!) and its ability to strengthen the foot, i was sold.

i still run in my version 1's, but stocked up on two pairs of the version 2's for fear that they would discontinue the style.

and apparently, nike noticed!

recently i've had the fortune of maintaining dialogue with them online as to their kicks and training regimen, and in turn their support has pushed me to get out there and move. just last week they remarked that they liked my style and asked for my home address, which i was a tad reticent about. is this a scam, or was this junk mail from some nefarious hacker posing to be the shoe company? but i took a leap of faith and sent it to them... and was rewarded with my first pair of their upcoming nike free run 3 ID kicks! for free!

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