State of Sneakers: 40 Die Hard Sneaker Fans Discuss The Good And Bad of Sneakers

Name: Jermaine
Age: 27
Location: Alaska
Twitter / Instagram: @Phase2x

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?

My favorite sneaker design is Tinker's Air Jordan XX3. My favorite shoe to wear is the black/cement Air Jordan III.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?

At least once a month. More or less depending on disposable income.

What's The Most You've Spent On A Pair Of Sneakers?

Too much to even admit... four digits on a single pair of shoes, quite a bit more than once.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?

Roughly around 450.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?

No specifics. I would say that my collection is pretty diverse. I do enjoy hunting down rare, unreleased samples and PEs, though!

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?

Yes, but only when I have to. Sometimes I sell random pairs to help fund bigger and better pairs.

 

I am constantly on social media, so I come across sneaker-related content online on a daily basis.

 

How Often Do You Look At Sneakers On The Internet?

I am constantly on social media, so I come across sneaker-related content online on a daily basis. I also run my blog (Phase2Blogs.com) so people email me all the time regarding sneakers.

What Is The First Thing That Comes To Mind When You Hear The Term Sneakerhead?:

That's a term that I personally try to not use. I feel as if the "newer" people who recently started their interests in shoes tend to use this term a lot. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just not my cup of tea. I'll admit, it's a catchy term that's easy to use, but I try to stay away from it.

What Are Your Feelings On The State Of Sneakers Right Now?:

It seems like our "subculture" has been growing exponentially, largely due to social media platforms. As long as the people are staying true to themselves and they keep buying shoes that they like, I'm all for it. I can't stand people who buy shoes only because it's the cool thing to do now, or because it's a limited release. Fuck all that. 

What Has Changed About Sneakers In The Last 5/10/20 Years To You?:

I feel as if sneaker collecting has gone a bit more mainstream. It's been on a gradual upward swing over the last 10 years, but that really was bound to happen sooner or later. To me, that doesn't really change my collecting habits one bit, since I still only collect what I like. I am a lot more selective these days with what I purchase. 



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