Offbeat

By Joe McFarlane

 

A shoe restorer revived a cockroach-infested $600 pair of Air Jordans back to their former glory after being hidden in mud.

When shoe restorer John Manalo, 27, stumbled across a pair of 2001 Black Cement 3 Jordans submerged in thick mud, he had his work cut out for him in trying to restore them back to their $600 glory.

Taking the tattered pair back to his home in Newark, California, John discovered the situation as far worse than he knew as live Cockroaches spilled out of the ruined shoes.

Spending days carefully and lovingly restoring the shoes, and only spending a total of $50, John managed to clean up the shoes and fix the detached sole so they looked brand spanking new.

John said: “After restoration, the shoes can sometimes cost three to four times as much.

“I make sure the shoes are close to a factory finish as much as possible.

“I feel proud after the shoes are finished.”