by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

It’s been a minute since we’ve given something away here, so let’s change that today.

The generous folks at Converse want to hook a SLAMonline reader up with a free pair of their Poorman sneakers. Next Wednesday, July 28, Converse will debut the Poorman Weapon at Converseone.com, allowing people to customize their shoe online, with the design-your-own feature.

You guys can all get the jump on everyone else by visiting this beta site and toying around with the customization options for the Poorman. Here’s some background on the Poormans:

- In the 1970s Converse introduced the modern basketball shoe to the world with the Pro Leather. The Pro Leather was worn by basketball greats like Julius Erving and later the Weapon came on the scene. Both were highly sought after.

- Back in the day when every kid wanted one of the leather pairs, Converse also used to issue simple canvas variations, which on playgrounds everywhere were dubbed “Poorman” versions.

- Today, Poorman versions of classic Converse basketball silhouettes are elevated to new heights with hybrids of the classics that include fresh materials and details that make what is an everyman shoe special.

So we’re gonna set someone up with a pair of Poorman Weapons. In light of the concept of the Poorman, tell us which famous basketball player you’re the Poorman version of and why. Keep the answers somewhat brief (a couple hundred words or so) and I’ll close the comments Friday night at midnight ET. We’ll announce a winner next week. Good luck, everybody!

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