The closing of Cinderella Shoes "AKA CINDOS" 5100 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore, Md 21215 marks an end of era in the community I grew up in. We are losing a piece of history. Everyone new Paul (owner) and his wife Michelle, and the greeted everyone with a smile. They employed many people, from "round da way" at various times. It was a an Iconic figure in community.
Being born and raised in the Park Heights community…its a sad sad day to see one of our most prized landmarks get closed down…R.I.P. TO "Cinderella Shoes", this was one of my first jobs I've ever had…many people do not know or will like to admit that Paul Blinken (co-owner of Cinderella along w his wife) and "Mr. Shoe" (owner of Charlie Rudo's) worked closely together to with Nike to resurrect the "Air Force 1" shoe that was discontinued until they made several orders for the shoe…After the fuss in Bmore, Nike decided to re-issue the shoe nationwide. TRUE SHIT !!! People came from as far as Richmond, Va and New Jersey to shop at Cinderella back in the day…IT WILL BE MISSED !!! Countless amount of celebrities and "HOOD" celebrities came through those doors.
Watch the video below Park Heights we were part of something special!
Named after the Plane who carries the President of the United States is one of the most famous shoes in history, the Air Force One. It was first produced in 1982 but discontinued the following year. This because of that Nike at that time launched shoes on a one year basis and then discontinued them. But in 1986 it was re-released because of that Paul Blinken (Cinderella Shoes), Harold Rudo (Rudo Sports) and Greg Vaughn (Downtown Locker Room) a.k.a the Three Amigos had sat down with Nike and asked them if they would consider bringing the model back. Nike Agreed but on one condition, that they had to order 1200 pairs of each color, blue/white and brown/white. They sold out immediate. Not long after the re-release the Three Amigos started doing what later became known as the shoe of the month phenomenon. Different color combinations for each month. When the word spread about the re-release and that the 3 shops in Baltimore were doing different color combinations for each month, people from Philadelphia and even New York would come down to Baltimore to get a hold of a pair of the newest uptowns.