Brian Wilson’s Orange Nikes – A Healthy Obsession

April 8, 2011
April 8, 2011 Nick Engvall

Brian Wilson’s Orange Nikes – A Healthy Obsession

I am not sure when being a fan becomes an obsession but I am pretty sure it happened at least 30 years ago for me when I began speaking with words like “Go Gi Gi’s!”

Over the years, the obsession has filled my closets with orange sneakers, and my dresser drawers with orange and black t-shirts. All of which has come to culmination with the arrival of Brian Wilson to the San Francisco Giants. Although, culmination probably isn’t the proper term, considering who I am. I have been obsessed with both baseball and sneakers since the beginning of my days on earth. With baseball taking slight advantage in the length of the obsession, only because i was able to swing a wiffle ball bat, wrapping paper tube, or any other object that could be swung at incoming pitches, was slightly easier than learning to tie my sneakers.

Nevertheless, Brian Wilson’s return from the disabled list and return the mound at the most beautiful baseball field ever built, AT&T Park, meant the return of Brian Wilson’s sneakers, which has caused me to stray from my daily job requirements of talking about sneakers, in order to…well, yeah…talk about sneakers.

Although I don’t have as much Irish in my background as Wilson, who recently rocked some green Nike’s for St. Patrick’s Day, the little bit of Irish in me can respect the green choice. However, my heart will always be hooked on the orange and black of the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants raised the 2010 World Series Championship flag at the park today, and although Wilson had a disappointing outing, he did have on some impressive new footwear.

As the Mr. Fear-the-Beard delivered a speech and subsequently the new flag to its new home in the outfield, I noticed a new pair of kicks on his feet, a pair of white and orange Nike Air Max 95 iDs (though his Air Max 90 iD was better). He later entered the game wearing Nike’s similar to those that got him fined by the MLB last season, although they might appear to be redone with updated Sharpie work, they are in fact a new Player Exclusive version from Nike Baseball, NOT from… although you can come pretty close 😉

Go Giants!

Brian Wilson heads out to raise the World Series Championship banner wearing a pair of Nike Air Max 95 iD's.Photo by Justin Sullivan

Brian Wilson raises the World Series Championship banner wearing a pair of Nike Air Max 95 iD's.Photo by Justin Sullivan

And couple more of those Air Max 90s for good measure…

Brian Wilson's San Francisco inpired Black & Orange "HUFQuake" print Air Max 90 iD.Photo by Doug Pensinger

Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants in custom Nike Air Max 90 sneakers.
Photo by Ronald Martinez

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Nick Engvall

Nick Engvall is a sneaker enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in the footwear business. He has written for publications such as Complex, Sole Collector, and Sneaker News, helped companies like Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker, StockX, and Stadium Goods better connect with their consumers, has an addiction to burritos and Sour Patch Kids, and owns way too many shoes for his own good.

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