The Rock Had To Borrow His Dad’s Shoes for His Pro Wrestling Debut

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson had nothing when he was just starting out as a professional wrestler, not even his own boots. He shared a deep dive down memory lane on his Instagram account recently, revealing that he used his dad’s equipment when he made his pro wrestling debut and stepped into the squared circle for the first time.

Earlier this month, The Rock commemorated the 25th anniversary of his first-ever professional wrestling match. He had never wrestled in front of people before and made his debut in front of 15,000 fans in Texas.

“I was so broke, the only thing I could afford to buy was a pair of white volleyball knee pads,” The Rock wrote. “I called my uncle King Haku and asked if I could borrow a pair of his wrestling trunks and I borrowed a pair of my dad’s old wrestling boots that his tag team partner, George Wells, used to wear.”

 

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He said he wasn’t nervous at all, and felt eerily calm despite the pumping adrenaline. He said that calm and focus were critical, because the first thing he heard after walking through the curtain as a pro wrestler, as his name was announced, was a drunk fan yelling “you f****ing suck!”

“Man, I look at this picture in complete awe and gratitude for the wild, unpredictable journey and at times, the tough roads this hard working, fanny pack wearing kid would go down.”

The Rock was facing the legendary Brooklyn Brawler in his first match, which he won. And that’s why, The Rock said, it was important to him to lose his last match. He said that’s how you give back in wrestling, you lose to help prop up someone else, just like the Brawler lost that first match to help him get started.

And sure, he’d go on to be one of the biggest pro wrestlers ever and one of the biggest movie stars of all time, but on that night in Texas, Dwayne Johnson was just very young, very green, and very broke, wearing his uncle’s tights and his dad’s boots.

The rest is history.

Giddy-up! Croc Spurs Are the Dadass Accessory You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Every once in a while, there’s a product that lights up social media, and it becomes a must-have. Think “Bernie Sanders mittens” the inauguration. Regardless of your political affiliation, everyone can appreciate the fine craftsmanship. This product feels like it could be the best in the social media craze; spurs for your crocs.

There are definitely way crazier things you can find on Etsy than the perfect Western complement to the most comfortable shoe ever. For starters, Crocs are an underrated shoe. In the pantheon of dad shoes, New Balance and Air Monarchs get the love, but Crocs are also a must-wear.

And nothing makes you stand out more than throwing some old West on your croc game and rocking the sprocs. They easily clip onto your existing Crocs, they clank when you walk, how badass is that? You can feel like a gunslinger on your trek from the pantry to the couch. This is the American dream.

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Even the model is rocking them with socks because you aren’t beholden to fashion norms when you rock crocs. You can go socks, no socks, or even spurs. You make the rules now. The reviews are strong, not that it matters. For $12, it’s worth a shot to elevate your croc game past the competition and to be able to walk around saying things like “this neighborhood ain’t big enough for the both of us.”

Adidas and South Park Collab For the Perfect 4/20 Shoes

Adidas South Park Towelie Shoe
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It isn’t 1992 anymore and the easiest way to tell (besides, well, a calendar) is how culture’s attitude towards cannabis has shifted. State governments are decriminalizing or outright legalizing marijuana use, the medicinal benefits of cannabis are being embraced (by some), and brands and personalities are a lot more open about weed. And that’s why you can celebrate 4/20 with the highest shoes we’ve seen.

There have been some pretty awesome shoe collaborations, but if you’re looking for a partner for 4/20, good luck beating out Adidas teaming up with one of the greatest comedies of all time and releasing a South Park-themed pair of Campus 80s.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone worked with the shoe company to make the perfect 4/20 shoes by leaning on everyone’s favorite cartoon-user, Towelie. The Towelie shoes have eye illustrations on the tongue, which can turn pink and bloodshot when exposed to sunlight. The shoes also have a stash pocket beneath the tongue, for whatever you may need to put in a tiny pocket. You know, right where it says “I have no idea what’s going on.”

 

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There’s more Adidas and South Park branding inside the shoe, but from a distance, it’s the blue terry cloth and trademark eyes that will help other fans quickly identify how high your shoes truly are.

South Park knows its demo, which has been a trademark of their success for a long time, and these shoes, available on (well, you know what day they’re available) are another testament to its creator’s ability to make jokes come to life.

Move Over New Balance, Nike Air Max ‘Grass’ Is a Dad Shoe Contender

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Looking to take your golf game to the next level?  Want to embarrass your children even more than usual?  These shoes were custom-made for you.

The Air Max 1 Golf NRG ‘Grass’ by Nike definitely puts their previous masterpiece, the denim-style Air Monarchs to shame.  Not only do they look stylish and sophisticated, but they probably have the longest name for a shoe in the history of shoes.

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The official description reads:

“With the launch of the Air Max 1 Golf NRG ‘Grass,’ Nike injects a strong dose of whimsy into the golf course. Repurposed for the links, the lifestyle runner features a material on the upper that mimics the look of green turf, accented with an embroidered Swoosh in white. A matching white foam midsole, complete with Max Air cushioning, is supported by a high-traction gum rubber outsole.”

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Over at GOAT, you can buy these puppies brand new for $580 USD or used for $650 USD.  See, just like any pair of dad shoes, the more you wear them, the more valuable (and green) they become.  That’s just science right there.  The added bonus with these ones is they’re already covered in green.  It’s like they were made for mowing lawns.

Nike has been making unique versions of their shoes for quite a while now like the N64 inspired Air Max 97.  The unfortunate thing about their Air Max 1 Golf NRG ‘Grass’ style though is I don’t think I have ever seen anyone out in public wearing them.  It’s a shame honestly.  I’d wear these shoes with pride every day for the rest of my life, but my wife would probably kill me for spending $600 on shoes that look like grass.

It’d be worth it though just to wear them for even a moment, wouldn’t it?  Of course, it would.

Teen With Cerebral Palsy Inspired Nike to Make Its New Hands-Free Shoe

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Nike has unveiled its first-ever hands-free shoes, the Nike GO FlyEase, which snaps right onto your feet. The shoe was designed for accessibility for those with a limited range of physical abilities and is being praised for the accessibility. The design lets the wearer slip in and out of the shoe without bending over, and to put them back on the wearer just slips in their foot and the shoe snaps back to form.

And it all started with a letter from a student with cerebral palsy. 16-year-old Mattew Walzer wrote Nike to explain his cerebral palsy made tying shoelaces extremely difficult and implored them to be “the forerunner in producing athletic shoes that will make the difference in the quality of so many lives.” This inspired the designer to work on a prototype that would fit (pun intended!) the need.


Tobie Hatfield, the shoe designer, said it’s the company’s first hands-free shoe, and it can be for anyone. “While Go is made for people who have difficulty tying their laces—that could be anyone from a pregnant woman in her third trimester to an older adult with arthritic hands—Nike believes its lace-less design will resonate with anyone who’d like to slip into their shoes with more ease,” he told Fast Company.

Hatfield worked with Walzer on the prototype over the years, until it was ready. Walzer said in his letter his dream was “to go to college without having to worry about someone coming to tie my shoes every day.” He said tying shoes was the only physical limitation he hadn’t been able to overcome on his path to self-sufficiency. He was blown away Hatfield responded.

The shoe is available on a limited basis now and will be available widely for $120 later this year. One small step for Nike, one big step forward for accessible shoes.

Stefon Diggs Has the Best Cleats in the NFL, Hands Down

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The Buffalo Bills have been one of the bigger surprises of the young NFL season. The Bills are atop the AFC East, especially with Tom Brady out of New England and Pats QB Cam Newton on the COVID-list. And it’s no fluke, Josh Allen has continued to deliver in a huge way and offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs has been THRIVING. As good as he is on the field, though, he’s even better in the cleats department.

Custom shoes are just fun. You should either go full cheap and full comfort, i.e. a classic dad shoe (Nike Air Monarch guy myself) or go with something cool and fun, like Toy Story sneakers or Chewbacca shoes.

Diggs knows kicks. For instance, how can you not love him rocking the Hangover-inspired cleats for the Bills game against Vegas?

Answer: you cannot hate, because the cleats are beyond reproach. And the shoes worked their magic on the field too, as Diggs had more than 100 yards receiving in the Bills 30-23 win over the Raiders.

And Diggs has set the bar high for the custom cleat game in the past, like when he rocked Toy Story cleats.

He even went the distance and broke out meme cleats. It is hilarious (ok, it was hilarious at the time, before the meme became uncool again), and a trend that more NFL players need to embrace fully, instead of wearing the most boring shoes they can find.

If you’re not gonna be scoring touchdowns in some badass dad shoe-inspired cleats, these are a nice alternative.

Adidas Teams up With Lego and Star Wars for Two New Legendary Sneakers

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Adidas gets it. Shoes should be one of two things; enormously comfortable with little regard for appearance, or they should be plain fun. The brand has been making news in the last few weeks with two new collabs that are deeply entrenched in nostalgia. First, they teamed with Pixar and Damian Lillard for some Buzz Lightyear sneakers. Now, they’ve beyond, beyond infinity by joining forces with the folks at Star Wars and LEGO.

Adidas is known for some big swings, like the “Game of Thrones” inspired shoes that came out shortly before the final season. And LEGO itself is always game for a collab that makes sense, such as teaming up with IKEA. The Adidas Original ZX8000 will sell out, there’s no question there. It’s going to go down in the pantheon of collectible shoes. Not only does the shoe colors remind you of the iconic toy, but there’s literally a Lego brick on the laces. Interchangeable lace options and brick add-ons basically let you customize them however you want, which just makes them more fun.

The shoe became available on the Adidas website on Friday, September 25th.

Maybe Legos aren’t your thing. Maybe you don’t want to protect your feet from stepping on a Lego by wearing Lego, I get it. But you still have options, if you want a shoe to remind you of your youth. Adidas is also releasing a Star Wars shoe, this one dedicated to everyone’s favorite elderly Wookiee.

Chewbacca is an iconic and underappreciated legend in the Star Wars universe. He’s been in more Star Wars movies than nearly every other living character (droids don’t count). You can embrace your inner Wookie with the ‘Adidas Rivalry Hi Chewbacca’ which is a high-top covered in fur. The laces feature Star Wars and Chewie is on the soles. They even added his trademark bandolier to the tongue of the shoe. They’ll be available on the Adidas website on October 21st, just in time to get you hyped for the start of Season 2 of The Mandalorian (the only good new Star Wars content we have).

Meet the Dad Whose New Balances Glow When It’s Time to Mow

Scott Golz, American Lawnmower
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Meet Scott Golz. Dad. Lawnmowing enthusiast. He caught our eye when he commented on a story we did about a community lawnmowing gang. He shared an amazing photo of him proudly posing on his trusted machine, hoisting an American flag. But our community also noticed a subtle glow coming from his New Balances. We needed to find out more. Thankfully, Scott was gracious enough to share his story and some of his tips for a ballpark-esque turf.

Every superhero has an origin story, what’s yours?

My lawn mowing history began around the age of 12. My father passed away 4 years prior so I am what you would call “self-taught”. I didn’t have much technique but damn were my lines straight. The interesting thing is, I had heard stories of my father and how he could mow the lawn with one hand and drink a cup of coffee with the other. It is quite possible that I had acquired some of the raw talent he possessed.

Tell us about your lawnmowing footwear.

The New Balance sneaker – I had my daughter at the age of 32, it was maybe a couple of weeks later when I purchased my 1st pair of New Balance running shoes. I can’t say what inspired me to try on that 1st pair but I did, and haven’t looked back since. New dad instincts I’m guessing.

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I have a theory called the New Balance evolution. That 1st pair was my everyday shoe. I’d wear them to the grocery store, casual work meetings, and fun nights out on the town. When they began to lose their luster, they evolved into “work shoes”, mainly worn while doing various light-duty yard work. At this point, I purchase a new pair for everyday use. Once the new pair loses its luster, they evolve into the “work Shoes” and the old “work shoes” graduate to “Lawn Mowing Shoes”. These grass-stained soles are basically the Holy Grail of Dad footwear. I have a large assortment of grass-stained New Balance sneakers on display in my walk-in closet and the collection isn’t showing any signs of slowing. In terms of what pair I choose to wear when I mow, the sneakers basically dictate which pair will be worn on any specific day. I don’t choose the sneaker, the sneaker chooses me.

You may notice the “N” symbol on my New Balance shoes will glow at times. I compare it to the Bat-Signal. I always say “When the New Balance Glow, it’s time to mow”. I couldn’t tell you exactly when this phenomenon first occurred but I can tell you that every Dad has the ability to harness that power. It does come with time and patience. I have been a Dad now for 13 years and I would say it took a good 10 years before I experienced “The Glow”. The funny thing is… I believe it was right around the time I got my 1st riding mower. It was sitting in the garage of the new house we were putting an offer on. In my offer, I negotiated the beautiful green mower into the price of the house and the rest is history. The only thing that can diminish the glow is a rainy day. It is Dad Law that you cannot and must not mow when those blades of grass are wet.

How did becoming a dad change your mowing mindset? 

You need to teach your kids to take pride in everything they do, even mowing the lawn. I am sad to say, however, my 13-year-old daughter shows absolutely no interest in lawns, lawnmowers, or lawnmower accessories. She does say the striping looks really nice when I finish. I’ll take any compliment I can from her at this point.

Scott and Jenna Golz
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What do you think of Robo-Mowers?

THEY’RE A JOKE. This is a major part of living the dad life. Don’t let robots take that away from you. If you want a robot to vacuum your new bamboo hardwoods, that’s acceptable.

Do you have any signature moves?

I have several signature moves. I usually pull out the 1 handed finger gun and pew-pew the next-door neighbor. Sometimes if I am having an exceptionally good mow, I whip out the double-handed finger guns and pew-pew like the wild west. Know this much, if you drive down my street, you will always get a wave no matter what. You will also see me mouth the words “who the hell is this”.

Do you have any lawnmowing rivals?

When I moved to my current house 3 years ago, my lawn was horrendous. Riddled with a cornucopia of weeds and the invasive “Nutsedge” I was a bit overwhelmed. My next-door neighbor Simon has a beautiful lawn and I decided if I get to look out at his masterpiece, he should get a masterpiece as well. I have been on a mission to be on the same level and it looks like I am almost there. I would not consider him competition, I would consider him motivation. He and his family are wonderful neighbors as well.

Between the two of us, we are the dominating forces in our neighborhood.

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What advice do you have for up and coming lawnmowing dads?

Keep your blades high, do not under any circumstance scalp your lawn. It opens the lawn up to weeds like you’d never imagined. Get yourself on a 3 step fertilization program and do not mow when the grass is wet. Another major component to my lawn success is to mulch your clippings, do not bag. The clippings are a natural fertilizer. Aerate the lawn every so often and dethatch as well. When you have things looking good and the grass is lush, buy yourself a striping kit for the mower. This will give you those beautiful lines you see at ballparks. This is how you attain lawn domination in your neighborhood. Sticking flame decals your kid got you for Father’s day on your mower definitely scores domination points as well.

‘Grandpa Shoes’ Are Giving the Dad Shoe Trend a Run for Its Money

Grandpa Shoes are the new Dad Shoes
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As you might have noticed, a ‘dad sneakers’ trend has been going around recently. Now, whether or not you’ve been living it up in the limelight with your chunky soles and wicked arch support, you should know that another trend is apparently right around the corner and ready to one-up all of our dad kicks: Grandpa shoes.

Tapping into the more senior patriarchal style, a bunch of fashionistas are excited to show off this new buky, velcro-laden style by Hush Puppies.

Sure to inspire many an early morning jaunt around the mall, the appropriately named “Gus” and “Gil” Power Walkers are ramping up in popularity and are apparently good for more than just a jaunt to Monday’s regularly scheduled Bingo Night. They are specifically designed for a long day of commuting and being on one’s feet (however old those feet may be).

Wrapped in comfortable full-grain leather, these bad boys have actually been available since 1999, but are only now gaining popularity with young folks after Hush Puppies recently introduced a line of limited-edition colors—surf blue, seafoam, or the deliciously pink shade, shrimp.

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They’ll even put a little spring in your step due to the brand’s “Bounce” technology nestled in the shoe’s footbed.

You will still have to decide between the traditional lace-up version or going full-geriatric with the velcro straps though, but that’s more of a personal decision.

“While I didn’t opt for the pair with Velcro straps and went for the traditional laces instead, looking back I think I would have loved the Velcro,” Madison Alcedo wrote in her review for Yahoo. “Yes, they really do look like the shoes that only your grandma or grandpa could pull off, but I’m totally here for the straps’ convenience and ease of slipping on and off.

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If you’re down to rock a pair of comfy-as-hell grandparent kicks, it’ll run you back a cool $100. Just don’t forget to pick up a tasteful cardigan to match.