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October 17, 2015 / Posted by:

Kaepa tennis shoes!

Kaepa tennis and cheerleading shoes are still around today, but their golden days were in the 80s and if you’re going to have golden days, it’s best to have them in the best decade of all decades. Kaepas were unisex so everyone could wear them and what gave them just a touch of WTF was their double laces. I had a classmate in elementary school whose shoelaces broke in the middle and his parents didn’t want to buy him new ones, so they tied the broken pieces together and his shoe ended up looking like a low-budget ass Kaepa. It was a look and Kaepas was born from the same idea.

Complex says that God probably started it all. In 1962, Kaepa’s founder Tom Adams, who was a priest then, was playing a tennis match when one of his laces broke. Father Tom wasn’t going to let a broken shoelace fuck with his game, so he tied one lace low on the shoe and the other one higher. Tom says the difference in fit was instantaneous and majorly dramatic. So God probably split Father Tom’s shoelace with a tiny invisible lightning bolt, because God knew it was time for the world to have double lace tennis shoes in it. Kaepa was created in the mid-60s and became a multi-multi-million dollar company by the 80s. Father Tom later sold it.

The double laces always looked bizarre to me. They kind of look like two grasshoppers slap fighting. But the Kaepa shoes that I have always loved are the cheerleading ones with the colored triangle inserts that you could change out.

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There was a receptionist at the hospital where my mom worked who’d match her eyeshadow to the triangles on her Kaepa tennis shoes. There were many, many style goddesses of the 80s and she was definitely at the top of the list.

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