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12/28/2011

Michael Jordan is the male version of Carrie Bradshaw

Character_carrie_bradshawDALLAS - Most men I know would love to take a flame thrower to Carrie Bradshaw and everything ever related to that Sex and the City franchise made uber famous by Sarah Jessica Parker and her three whiny friends.

Authors Candace Bushnell and Nicholas Sparks have made life an absolute living hell for a lot of dudes.

Carrie Bradshaw, who was played by Parker in the globally popular franchise Sex and the City, was always blowing money on shoes and designer clothing, like they were cocaine. Bradshaw made designers such as Loubutin, Manolo Blahnik, Fendi and a handful of others popular, and brought them out of Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive. Women who couldn't afford them wanted their items.

So why do Carrie Bradshaw and a few fashion designers merit space in a sports blog?

Because what Bradshaw did for women's high end fashion the NBA, Nike and Addidas have done to shoes for boys and young adults.

Think of Michael Jordan as Christian Loubutin, Kobe Bryant as Manolo Blahnik, Nikeshoe1_1356953cl-8etc. Hell, even Penny Hardaway still has a shoe out that costs $200, and he sucked.

Jordan hasn't played for years, but his new Nike shoe is always in high demand. The latest pair cost about $180, and the release of the shoe caused riots at stores all over the nation.  

At the Nike Town store in Dallas the sales guy told me they received about 300 pairs, and there were only 20,000 actually made. He heard a story that the door to the P.F. Changs at NorthPark mall was broken so buyers could get in line quicker.

Maybe this is a generational thing. Maybe it's a black/white thing. This shoe thing is something that I do not get, at all.

But what is the difference between waiting in line for the latest Blahnik's and the latest Jordan's? Not a lot. Both shoes are completely over-priced. Both companies produce a limited number to ensure a high demand. Both shoes are status symbols, whether on the court, at school, or at the country club. 

And by wearing them the consumer is neither closer to actually looking like Carrie Bradshaw, having Big as her boyfriend, or possessing Jordan's jump shot or vertical.

Next up: Expensive sunglasses, and when I wear them I actually look like Brad Pitt.

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