Hey gang! The internet is FULL of fun remembrances of our childhoods – on Fridays, we’ll share our #FlashbackFridayFunday thoughts on something from the deep recesses of our memory. This week I found an idea in an itty bitty pocket of my mind – KangaROOS sneakers!
Fads come and go and it seems that no age range is safe from the gravitational pull. In elementary school that pull focused on some cool new sneakers – ones with POCKETS!
Enter, ROOS into our lives. As kids as wanted these (rather basic looking) sneakers for one reason – a very small Velcro (some with zippers) pocket on the side.
Not sure what we needed to keep in our shoes – but we needed them!
Roos were invented by a running enthusiast named Bob Gamm in the late 70s. He wanted a place to keep his key while out for a run.
It wasn’t just is school kids who loved it! According to this site, many athletes were on board too!
In the early- to mid-1980s many USA professional athletes wore ROOS football and baseball shoes as well as shoes for running and training. Notables included Clyde Drexler (Basketball), Walter Payton, O.J. Anderson, William (the Fridge) Perry (football), Ozzie Smith, Vince Coleman and Ron Darling (baseball), and Kenyan track stars (running).
I remember going to this little shop near my home called The Little Red Shoe House. (Or something like that) It was a shoe store that looked like an old school house. It was small, but filled with sneakers for us to try on – including a whole wall of ROOS! Even high tops!
The world was crazy for these pocketed sneaks.
Turns out, they’re back! It makes sense with the renaissance that running has had in the last decade or so. You can find them in a lot of shoe stores and of course on Amazon!
I may just have to pick up some for the kids…
Do you remembee Roos? Did you own any? What did you keep in your pocket?