Yes, dear readers, I almost picked up a pair of pink kicks. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the freedom of being on vacation, or maybe I’m just addicted to kicks, but I almost succumbed and bought a pair of Nike Shox TL2 running shoes from discount store Marshalls, here in the armpit of Cali. I had to demonstrate extreme sangfroid to resist the temptation.
Normally, these cost about $120-150 but Marshalls had them for $60. The catch? These are women shoes in black and pink. Still though, the main difference between men and women shoes is the 1.5 size difference. Size 9.5 in men equals size 11 in women’s, and sure enough that’s what I found at Marshalls – the only pair of TL2s in a size 11.
The TL line is one of the top Nike products, and the TL2 is a high performance, cushioned running shoe featuring Shox columns the entire length of the foot. Kinda ugly and clunky, but for an overweight guy with busted up knees and ankles trying to run, comfort and cushioning are important. Nike has the TL3 and TL IV available, so the TL2 are showing their age.
Now the question is, can I pull it off wearing pink sneakers?