Bridging the Gap

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

~Maya Angelou

Happy Friday! We have a visual treat for you today, take a look at the phenomenal “star-studded” video below. Full disclosure, even she.lace didn’t know about this until we did some research haha:

Yes! A cartoon featuring super athlete superheroes: Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson. Unfortunately, the ProStars series only had one season. BUT, believe it or not (no Ripley’s) we dug up a second version of the intro:


Let us know in the comments if you notice the difference and which you prefer.

(P.s if you watched the entirety of the second video, notice who was giving these three brawny crime-fighting superheroes directions?)

So what does a 90’s Saturday morning cartoon series have to do with this week’s post? Well, consider yourself cordially introduced to the inspiration behind this week’s featured sneaker.

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Kiah wearing the Air Jordan V Retro “Pro Stars”. (Credit: RTS Productions)

Sneakers have meaning! Sometimes that “meaning” can be as shallow as the shallow-end of your local recreation centre pool, or as deep as the earth’s oceans.

It’s fair to say that most things or concepts in life have a spectrum of importance, sneakers are no exception. So how do we “Bridge the Gap” between the meaningless and the substantive? How do we reconcile using sneaker culture (by default consumerism and all the woes that may entail) as a “bridge” to educate and push a movement. Well, as the old adage says “it’s not what’s being done or what’s being used; rather, it’s how it’s being done and how it is being used.” Simply put, sneaker culture, at face value, is frivolous and unimportant at best…it’s certainly not the most ideal concept to spread awareness about important issues. Yet, when sneaker enthusiasm is motivated by the desire to empower women, disrupt the status quo and achieve equality… that’s a sneaker worth trying on. Dr. Maya Angelou says it best ⇩

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Kiah walking along Puente de Luz, “bridge of light” located in Downtown Toronto. (Credit: RTS productions)

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

~Maya Angelou

she.lace embodies the message behind the “Pro Stars.” 

No:

  • we’re not three athletes who were all one of the best (if not the best, the infinite debate) to ever play our respective sports.
  • we haven’t been “immortalized” in a 90s cartoon geared toward encouraging young children to be best they can be
  • our net worth doesn’t look like the population of a moderate sized country
  • we’re not in a “Hall of Fame”…yet!

But, nevermind all that…let’s focus on the similarities, or the “lines of commonality” (Notice we said lines?! Kind of like the parallel lines of this bridge).

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Puente de Luz, “bridge of light” located in Downtown Toronto. (Credit: LouLou Downtown)

This wouldn’t be a she.lace post if we didn’t take a moment to highlight some amazing art. Find out a little bit more about this public art installation, “bridge of light.”

We understand how the love for sneakers can be the starting point for disseminating valuable messages. Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson were undeniably examples of pop-culture, fame and celebrity. They were also three individuals who captivated, inspired and motivated both young people, old people and everything in between. Their fame and celebrity was utilized, via pop-culture, to encourage youth to strive to be as remarkable as them. In other words, the cartoon bridged the gap between the negative and positive aspects of what the athletes represented. The result? A hysterical superhero cartoon….AND a creative Retro V that looks dope on ladies (Sorry fellas, the sneaker is just lit on ladies feet).

Make sure you come back for next week’s post…here’s a hint: Kon’nichiwa.

  

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