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

Name: Byron Warouw
Age: 35
Location: Seattle, WA
Twitter / Instagram: @primeradriver

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

I'd have to go with the Zoom Flight 98 (The Glove). Closely followed by the "Emerald" Air Griffey Max I and the hot lime Command Force.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

To answer the question literally; I don't buy NEW releases very often. Maybe 10 a year. However, I collect PEs and buy older shoes quite often.

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

Do I really have to answer that? My wife might read this. "I plead the fif." I will say I can count on one hand how many times I've paid four digits.

 

My wife might read this. "I plead the fif." I will say I can count on one hand how many times I've paid four digits.

 

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

The last time I bothered to count was in '09 which was just under 400. I'd hate to count now.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

I don't collect one specific model, but I'm constantly seeking out Seattle PEs regardless of manufacturer.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Yes. As much as I would like to keep everything, I obtain sometimes it's just not in the cards. Many factors are at play. Someone sends me an offer I can't refuse, life throws you a curveball etc., etc. Sneakers are nothing more than a hobby. They're expendable.

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

Constantly. Shout out to Al Gore. In all seriousness, I look at sneakers online entirely too much.

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

Unfortunately, the first thing that comes to mind is ignorance. I say unfortunate because there are far too many folks new to shoes that have tainted the term and made those who are knowledgeable look bad. Many people proclaim themselves to be sneakerheads. Very few are.

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

Marketing is at an all-time high. Manufacturers' designs and technology continue to push the envelope. However, the actual product can be mediocre at times. This circles right back to marketing which is why product flies off the shelves.

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

Decreased passion, increased selfishness and laziness. For the sake of space I'll leave it at that.

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

I would like to get more for my money. Better quality materials and more quantities produced. I think companies have stepped up in terms of re-stocks but have fallen short in build and quality. 

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