Though for many people it seems like only yesterday when the Beavis and Butthead first braced our televisions screens, the truth is it has been more than 25 years. One reason for their constant presence in our lives is syndication. What is not commonly known to even many of its fans is that they influenced celebrities from David Letterman to Kanye West. Now there is a shoe that replicates the memories of many of their shenanigans.
It was originally released on November 3rd of this year, and its followers couldn’t wait to get their hands on a pair. Thank Adidas for creating the homage, and the show is not just for looking but for wearing. The center piece of the shoe is the company’s 3MC Vule style. Then they attached a black canvas upper that celebrates the many antics of the duo through a carefully detailed print montage of their most popular and widely known images.
If you want to wear these kicks around the neighborhood you might want to think twice. Not because they will get in the way of your normal lifestyle, but because those two characters were actually two real people who happened to live in the neighborhood of Mike Judge, their creator. So you might be mistaken for one of them if you’re not careful.
About those print images on the uppers. They aren’t just random images but are some of the iconic memories from the show: burgers and fries, which happened to be their favorite food, nachos (ditto), and then there were the Slurpees and super sized fountain drinks that made up the majority of their calorie intake. In case you forgot, there are several appearances made by the large grey rat that made itself noticeable in many of the Beavis and Butthead shows.
Though the shoes are currently said to be on sale everywhere, they might not be available in the state of Oklahoma. History tells us that the show was banned in Oklahoma prisons, and rumored to be banned in some Oklahoma schools. It’s hard to believe that two animated cartoon characters could create such a fuss – and we’re also talking about the demand for the shoes.
Interestingly, the Beavis and Butthead branding has been kept to a minimum. Maybe it’s because of the whole Oklahoma thing, but as for the shoes there is only one pair of two heads sticking out from the tongue of the shoe. Unless someone is up close and personal or has exceptionally good vision your reputation is safe. Of course you might think about the fact that these two characters made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine three times, so fans of the show might recognize you from daze gone by.
The minimal branding also is true of the Adidas logo, as it only appears on the back and one side of the shoe upper. The back branding is clear, but with all the print image clutter on the top of the shoe the Adidas branding can easily be missed. There is a rumor that while Adidas was good with the idea, it had second thoughts about being associated with the infamous pair.
There is a bit of purity on the shoe, as it has a white gum outsole and equally white midsole, a sign there still may be hope for its wearers. By the way, Kanye West wanted to be on the show (but was not able to be on the shoe) before it was cancelled.
It is only fitting to close this article with a few rare facts about the show. The show was not cancelled because of some protest or parents prohibited their teenagers from watching it. Mike Judge, its creator and writer, simply ran out of ideas. That might sound like a bad thing, but as we fondly look back we can say that the show ended on a high note. No recycled ideas or making excuses for crappy shows.
But how bad can a show that offended no small number of people be if a world renowned acting talent wanted to be part of it? That actor was none other than Marlon Brando, who wanted to play the voice of Beavis. Though legal issues prevented the image of Brando on the shoes, wouldn’t it be an appropriate final tribute to the duo as you walk out the door wearing them?
Written by Garrett Parker
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