I am not my shoes

The other day, I had an issue with my shoes. Maybe you heard about it.

I had just gotten a pair of those $15 Stephon Marbury shoes, and I had my camera out because I’d been doing some important photojournalism at a Goo Goo Dolls concert, so I figured what the fuck. Why not take some pictures of my shoes and post them on the Internets as if I was Dallas Penn?

In addition to my new Stephon Marbury shoes, I’ve got a couple of pairs of shoes my mom copped for me for my 25th birthday, like a year and a half ago, on a twofer deal at one of those discount shoe outlets, as well as some other shoes I’ve copped more recently on clearance at Marshall’s – which is a good way to find shoes, by the way. All together, my shoe collection might not be worth $100.

Honestly, it hadn’t even occurred to me that I don’t even own any really expensive shoes until just now. I posted the pictures I’d taken of my shoes on my own site, and a lot of the bums who comment there were all like, Dude, those shits look busted, and, You need to step your shoe game up, and so on and so forth. As if it was some kind of goal of mine to impress people with the sum value of my shoe collection.

Here’s the thing: I’m working several jobs these days, a few of which actually pay money. If I wanted to, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal for me to go to the mall and cop an expensive pair of shoes. In fact, I started to go to a Foot Locker and cop whatever was the most expensive pair of shoes that they had just to prove a point – except then I’d be stuck with a ridonkulously expensive pair of shoes that I don’t need and could care less about.

Furthermore, the kinds of shoes you see jigs walking around in these days aren’t even that expensive, are they? Those Nike Dunks that DP seems to have so many pairs of are what, like $80 bucks a pair or something. I could cop a pair of them for every day of the week without having to sacrifice my penchant for expensive coffee drinks and burritos. (That’s right ladies, Bol has got it like that. He stays regular than a mofo, too!)

Unless you’re a fag, and hence just really into shoes like that, the best argument for keeping several pairs of clean and expensive shoes – and, indeed, the argument that came up most often on my own site – is that women like a man with a man with a pair of clean, expensive shoes. Which is actually, if you recall, the same argument quite a few of you tried to make in favor of owning a Robin Thicke CD. Hmm…

But when you think about it, why would I want to attract the kind of woman who’s turned on by a pair of shoes? If anything, those are the kinds of bitches I’d rather avoid, since they’re probably the most likely to have AIDS. And if I really wanted to put my life on the line like, I could just take a trip over to the East Side – in whatever kind of shoes I’d like, mind you – and bang some crack whore for a lot less, and then at least I’d be able to pocket the difference, in case I need it later on.

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  • Ali

    Oh Bol you so crazey!

    Sneakers > AIDS


    AIDS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>the south


  • Combat Jack

    Like many a jig, I dig my shoe collection. I dig rocking clean joints at any given momemt, just because I can. I love looking mean and clean. The flip is that, since I’ve made quite a sizable amount of dough over the last couple of months, I realize how silly a folly it is that I have. There’s many days, especially when I’m chilling lo-key with my family, when I rock my “bargain lot” joints, and even my busted old, tattered and yellowing Stan Smiths. I am very much into keeping as much of my hard earned cash as possible, and have even stopped copping new joints (unless I need to make a public appearance at some function). Our culture is so effin obsessed with “keeping up with the joneses” that all else that really matters (owning real estate, investing in things that not only make your money grow, but make your money “work” for you, education, proper health care, being able to comfortable retire without relying on pensions and social security, etc) gets thrown out the window. I hear you bol, and not only do I commend you, I applaud your parents for instilling in you a sense of what’s really important. Cats complain about taking care of their (oft-times born out of wed-lock) kids, but will not hestitate to drop hundreds on the latest premium dunks, adidas, nikes or whatevers. Fuck that. I did give in to my inner demons last week and copped a new Rolex Submariner for my birthday, but that’s about it!!! Plus, I could without having to compromise any expenses needed in keeping my family well fed, well clothed, well educated and housed properly. My goal, over the next couple of years, is to generate THREE GENERATIONS of wealth, so that the lil CJ’s can live a better life than I did. We as a people and as a culture need to get our priorities staright. Plus, it breaks my heart to walk down Fulton Street on the daily, seeing mad unemployed brothers rocking the illest gear during the middle of the day, while having no exit plan from the poverty trap laid so beautifully by the powers that be. Eff that shit!!! I still be clean though!

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  • dee barnes

    dre choked me!

  • J.O.S.E.

    couldn’t have said it better… i’ve been trying to explain it to cats for years but most mofos is just to brain washed by bet and mtv..

  • J.O.S.E.

    couldn’t have said it better… i’ve been trying to explain it to cats for years but most mofos is just to brain washed by bet and mtv..

  • rap snacks

    i salute you bol.

  • The Spaniard

    This same theory should apply to expensive vehicles as well. Why in holy hell would I want a dame who is impreessed by a fucking car? Scram bitch.

    This post is accurate to 1/10000000 of a probability unit.

  • Noshakin

    This was very stupid and pointless.

  • Dubsmith

    Its called having style fat boy

  • Siobhan

    It’s true…people got some fucked up priorities these days. People wanna dress fly in the most expensive name brands but still not work and collect welfare. I hate seeing my tax dollars supporting waste like that.

  • brebre

    just go get chuck taylor hi-top black. u aint got to worry about stupid shoe game no more. all-time classic. lasts forever. from Marlon Brando to Young Jeezy.

  • LOL



    This blog just lite a fuse under me. I feel where you coming from totally,but you have to look at it from this perspective. We live in a very materialistic society called the US of A. I tried to steer a cat down the same path that I was going down when he remarked to me “Why should he have to change the way he dressed to appeal to women”. It made it clearer to me that why should dress to impress anyone, which I never did(I always dressed nice when I had the funds). Now for some cats they need things such as gaudy jewelry, flashy clothes or cars to attract women because they are lacking in the looks department. Overall one of the best blogs on this site keep it up,

  • Incilin

    Thank you! I’ve been saying this for years.

  • Cuban Link

    why do none of my posts ever show up?

  • Tyler

    Okay now BoL, Now U are truly back on your game. . . No matter how stupid U may come off, from time 2 time U make sense in a kinda fuck’d up BoL World kinda’ way but dats why we dig U. No homo.
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  • DollarWells

    Wh-wh-wh-whatever dude. Your shoe game sucks!

  • South City

    As I stated on your site, havin’ a lackluster shoe game is forgivable, but using your mother’s 1987 Astro Van as a primary means of transportation is not.

    But I agree with the underlyin’ message. The hip-hop culture (read: Black people) have our priorities fucked up from the floor down. Instead of investing in stocks, bonds, properties, hell something that doesn’t deppreciate in value, we cop shit that deppreciates the second you touch the mahfucka.

    But, as we all know (rather, should know), black America is a microcosm of mainstream American society. From get rich quick infomercials that flood the airwaves to the obsession that the American media has with celebrity, it can only be expected that black America reflect these materialistic attributes.

    Note: this still doesn’t excuse Bol’s shoe collection.

  • bucnasty

    pretty much everything in this post is real talk, no r. kelly. these days theres almost an inverse relationship between flashy niggas and cats with ACTUAL wealth, because the latter have little to prove while the former are insecure. additionally, if you feel like you have to be the freshest nigga on your block in order to hit the baddest broads, then even the cleanest new jordans won’t help you.

  • around and around

    I agree fuck all that metrosexual shit.

    I’ll put my 10$ marbury’s up your ass and show your ass some sense…..

  • http://www.myspace.com/shaynewjersey shay

    so true! Best blog to date.

  • Rah

    This is the shit I’ve been saying for years. Siobhan took the words right out of my mouth. What’s the point?

  • Back Once Again

    Go peep the internets celebrity video if you wanna see the real Billy Sunday.

    Fat Hypocrite.

  • Caine

    Mane my shoe game is fuckin sick! Ya’ll can save all the doe ya’ll want. And I quote TI, ” You can’t help to spend it pimpin’, if you gettin it right.” Ya heard me?!!!!

  • Fernando


    So now enjoying nice clothes is ghey. And Bol wonders why he gets none.

    Gee, a fat bastard in a Minivan who has a lisp and wears Goo Goo Doll concert shirts!! SETTLE DOWN LADIES, DONT GET ALL WORKED UP NOW.

  • ty from linden blvd

    some people colect stamps,some people collect comics….

    some people like to read blogs,or write them for that matter.

    some people like to follow trends.

    the important thing is that no matter what u like…do u man.