May the Fourth be with you, celebrate this totally fabricated (but kind of awesome because Star Wars) holiday you will. As every blog tries to shoehorn in Star Wars-related content on their site in a totally blatant attempt to garner clicks, we here at KicksOnFire would like to present our own totally blatant attempt to garner clicks on Star Wars Day with a special edition of Sneaker Grails. It’s like we’re Han Solo trying shove Luke Skywalker into a frozen Tauntaun over here. The guts are kinda gross and smelly but the kicks are dope…
Ask any Star Wars fan what the best film in the seven that have dropped so far was and they will undoubtedly say The Empire Strikes Back (if they say otherwise they are just wrong and possibly terrible people… kidding… maybe…). The sequel to A New Hope turned the characters that we all fell in love with into actual human beings that you could relate to, whether it was the Leia and Han dynamic or Darth Vader having conflicted feelings towards a foe he would normally just force choke the s**t out of (being that foe is his son will do that to a father, I guess) or Luke trying to find his way in the world. Chuck Klosterman cites Empire’s multi-generational influence and who we view as the hero, the anti-hero and the villain depends on how old we were when we saw the film. For example, while a kid might think Luke “lost” to Vader in Empire, a teenager might think he did the noble thing in not selling out; meanwhile, an adult might look at that situation and realize that maybe what Vader is pitching – galactic domination and a pretty dope life as the heir to the throne – isn’t so bad.
What I remember most from Empire when I first saw it on Laserdisc (yeah…) and the subsequent hundreds of times I watched it afterwards was the feeling that Luke was kind of a whiny brat who had the best teacher in the world and totally deserved getting the smackdown laid into him by Vader. I was maybe seven or eight years old. Yoda for the win basically.
In 2007, adidas did not have the Star Wars license yet, but that did not stop them from releasing a “Light Side” and “Dark Side” Consortium pack that paid homage to the movies. Housed in packaging that is very reminiscent of the old school Kenner action figures, the “Vader” and “Yoda” colorways each featured distinct nods to the iconic characters. The “Vader” was done in a shiny all-black leather upper style with gold hits throughout the shoe and a red sole while the “Yoda” had a light brown hemp upper that referenced his homely attire and light green embellishments on the lace tip and sole. Maybe the Lucasfilm people wouldn’t have paid too much attention to the pack if a few things were done differently, but what really put it over the top was the use of the iconic Star Wars font on the packaging and the shoes. It’s possible that this is what led the three stripes to pony up the money to use Star Wars in an official capacity and considering it’s a partnership that remains to this day, it’s money well-spent.
As is the case with any Consortium release, this not-so-subtle tribute was not produced in mass quantities. Various sources online range the actual number of pairs out there between as many as two thousand to as little as 800 for each character. They sold out quickly and are now in the hands of sneakerheads and Star Wars collectors. So if you see somebody rock a pair this Star Wars Day, give them the nod of approval, you must.
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