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

Name: Marvin Neil
Age: 35
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter / Instagram: @bayareamarv

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

Air Jordan IV "White/Cement" AKA cookies and cream.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

Not as often as I used to, but maybe once a month.

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

About $900.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

About 16 currently in rotation.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

Basketball, mostly.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

I sell a lot of sneakers. When I get what I want out of them (a few wears), I unload them on eBay.

How Often Do You Look At Sneakers On The Internet?:

Once a month or so.

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

Newbies.

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

Newbie collectors — who treat the sneaker game like baseball cards — have driven many of the true lovers of sneakers out of the market. They just drive the secondary market prices up too high. That's why I've taken a break.

 

To meet the demands of sneakerheads, manufacturers are, in many instances, putting out substandard product.

 

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

Quality is suffering. To meet the demands of sneakerheads, manufacturers are, in many instances, putting out substandard product, when compared to the quality of the OGs. I guess I'm speaking more specifically about the retro market but I think the logic applies to the game as a whole.

What Would You Like To See Change In The Future?:

Better quality and true fans of sneakers taking the lead.

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