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The Foot Job

Our take on the 2021 CLOT x Nike "Kiss of Death" Air Max 1 Shoe.

Photo by: Flight Club

I'm going to start out by saying, I love getting massages. I am a 39 year old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. My joints hurt, my fingers hurt, my back hurts, my neck hurts. My feelings hurt. You name it, it hurts.

And this is all before even having to take care of my kids.

This is why I like getting massages. No, it's not for happy endings, you perverted clowns. It's to relax and get to the next class. Or at the very least, to relax and get through the night with my kids without having to resort to downing a whole bottle of Elmer T. Lee (bourbon, for you drink novices out there).

Getting back to this shoe, the #sneakerhead in me says "YES!" Kevin Poon and his CLOT machine do a slick job here.

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I've always been a total homer for the Air Max 1. It doesn't matter if it's the more recent Atmos "Elephant," the Parra collab, the Anniversary Red, or really any color way, I always dug the look of it ever since middle school. If memory serves me right, the Air Max is what piqued my spidey-sense and got me into full-blown sneakerhead mode, looking desperately for 95's and the Barkley's. Ultimately, I struck out because I couldn't afford them and my mom would not buy me shoes more than $40 at Payless (no offense to Payless).

One thing I'm very impressed with is the layering. Tinker Hatfield's original design, although dope, looks flat. But this time around, CLOT and Nike do a seriously good job with the suede, making you imagine as if these shoes were like layered armor, hand-crafted by some sort of Elvish blacksmith in Lord of the Rings. Or, at least that's what I thought of.

Some people might be put off by the bright orange sole and air pocket, but I dig it. I don't mind standing out, and it does a fine job complimenting the regal and auspicious red.

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And to top (or bottom, I guess) it all off, on the sole of the shoe is a multicolored reflexology-inspired graphic, shown through a translucent rubber outsole. If you don't know me, there's one thing I tell everyone – I like what I like. There's no rhyme or reason to what I like, I just do. And as a former Art Director/Graphic Designer, I dig color and I dig cool graphics. And this is one of them.

It also helps that because of the Air Max soft cushion, I feel like I may be getting a reflexology massage after all.

Overall, 10/10. Go buy it.

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