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

Name: David / Mecks
Age: 22
Location: San Pedro, CA
Twitter / Instagram: @M3XRFW

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

Air Jordan III in "White/Cement."

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

Lately, about once a month. I have moved away from hyped releases and been moving towards more practical and comfortable shoes such as the Roshe Run and Air Max 90.

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

I spent $400 on the Infrared VI pack. I refuse to pay anything above retail, in doing so I had to create a network for myself of people willing to help me out with a pair of shoes I want. 

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

Around 38 pairs.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

When I first started, I loved Jordans. It was really the history behind the shoes that had me interested in them. I feel like the first numbered Jordans have a lot of history with how they released in the '80s with all the colorways and the way Nike was trying to enter the athletic shoe market. More recently I've gravitated towards Air Max 90s and Nike retros. I feel like there's more bang for your buck as far as quality goes. 

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Yes, usually when I realize I won't wear the shoes anymore, or they don't fit me right. As we know some Jordans *cough CDP XI cough* run small and there's no way to return them.

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

Everyday. I often like to see what shoes are releasing even if I have no intention of buying them. A lot of times I'll be cruising Niketalk and realize I missed a release, then have to hunt down my size. 

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

A sneakerhead to me is someone that is trying too hard to show off their expensive shoes and tries to buy everything just to have everything. They'll buy every new release just to say they got it. There's no love for the history of the shoe, or what the shoe may represent. I've never embraced this term because I don't consider myself a sneakerhead. I just love shoes, the history of the Air Jordan line, and Michael Jordan's legacy. I never understood "sneakerheads" that have two or three hundred pairs of shoes. Why? What do you even do with the ones you don't wear? As I got older I realized its about quality over quantity. I'd rather have three or four pairs of my favorite shoe than some hyped-up limited shoes.

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

It's really a shame to me the way things are now. I feel like kids are getting into it for the wrong reasons. Limited Lebrons and Jordans have now become a status symbol. I realize that expensive things have a tendency to do that, but it's really turning into "I need to get a pair of Yeezys so when I go somewhere people think I'm rich" instead of "I love the materials used on the shoe and the inspiration it drew from the Air Jordan III and IV along with the Nike RT1 High." But who says that, right? It's becoming more about the attention the sneakers bring instead of having the actual shoe. It's just funny to me because its usually male-on-male attention, very few women will walk up to you and ask about your shoes.

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

I feel that back five years ago, hunting down a pair of shoes was an experience in itself. Now it's so easy to find exactly where a pair of shoes is releasing. I mean Foot Locker has a map with the locations near you where a shoe will be. Long gone are the days of calling all 30 shoe stores within a 20-mile radius to find the shoe in your size. Hunting down your shoe was a rush in itself. I also feel like there has been a lot of disconnect within the community. I say this because I've met so many good friends at campouts, or meeting up to trade shoes. I'll never forget four years ago when I met up with a longtime Niketalker, Angel—he sold me a pair of DS Carmine VIs for $150 with one condition: I would wear the shoes and not try to sell them. This really affected me so much, that being in Los Angeles, I'm often in a position to help other Niketalkers that don't have a House of Hoops near them secure their pair of shoes. So I'll head to a House of Hoops, grab a raffle ticket and try to get someone's pair, then mail it off at cost instead of trying to resell them. 

 

It shouldn't be just about the shoes, but also connecting with people that show the same interests as you.

 

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

I just hope that eventually the game goes back to appreciating the shoes for their aesthetic, nostalgic, and historic value. Not just for having the next limited release and trying to look cool. It shouldn't be just about the shoes, but also connecting with people that show the same interests as you. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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