Let’s go back to 1979. Remember Caldor? Well, do you remember the bin in the back of the shoe department? You know the one. It was filled to the brim with Cal-Pro sneakers. Each shoe was attached to its twin by a really nice elastic rubber band. Awesome. Every 12 year old girl’s dream.
Yup, you guessed it. I was one of the lucky few who got to actually own a pair of these. When all my friends had those totally nerdy Adidas and Pumas, I got Cal-Pros. I was incredibly cool. The envy of all the school.
The first time I tried them on was at gym class. When I got them on, I saw that one shoe was a whole size larger than the other. I literally spent the entire class with my toes lined up so it would look like they were the same size. I’ll tell you, playing dodgeball with your feet pressed together doesn’t work very well. Let’s just say I was an easy target.
I’m not sure what ever happened to those sneakers. Did my mom return them? I don’t remember. I guess I blocked it out. And the rubber band system? What were they smoking at the factory? Thanks a lot potheads. You were a huge help in my development and for that I’m forever indebted to you.