The first running shoes I bought for myself for high school track were a pair of white leather Nike Cortez.
The “sponge” midsole broke down quickly. I wore them everywhere, which didn’t help their durability.
I scuffed entirely through the toe-cap while climbing on the concrete roof of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium during a field trip.
That led me to my first attempts at using Shoe-goo, a story for another day.
What were your first running shoes?