These Shoes Have Stayed Untouched For Decades. The Reason Is Sad And Nostalgic.
We don’t usually share stories like this, but there’s a tinge of sadness to this tale of vintage Adidas shoes, that reaches out beyond anyone who has ever felt adversity in life.
His name is Carlos Ruiz. He was a proprietor of a shoe store in Argentina from the 1970s, and as you can see, he was a huge fan of Adidas trainers himself.
Years ago, he was shot and robbed in the same store, and took two years to recuperate. In between, he lost his wife, and had been disabled by the ordeal. When he finally went back to work, he learned that he had to reapply for a license to keep selling Adidas, and he simply didn’t have it in him to go through the paperwork.
Left alone after his son moved out, Carlos found he could not just stay home by himself, haunted by his demons. He still had his shop, and he still had his shoes, and he found in them a purpose.
Everyday, for decades, Carlos would open up the store for people to go in and see what was on display, but he refuses to sell his shoes. He would just walk in everyday to remember life in the shoe store before he lost everything, and relishing that he still had these.
Carlos would eventually share his story, and his shoes, to avid (and famous) shoe collectors, as their interest got to his ego. All those years he could have sold the shoes have been justified after all, as he has found men who could see what he saw in them, all these years.