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

Name: Bishop Cease
Age: 31
Location: California
Twitter / Instagram: @GT_Dyno

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

Currently: NSW Nike Air Solstice Mid SP (rugged and lightweight like a carbon-fiber tank). All-Time: Nike Air Max 1 (stylish, sleek, and fits every occasion). It has a timeless silhouette IMO.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

When something beautifully innovative catches my eye, or when a classic model is executed properly. Probably 10 to 12 pairs annually. 

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

Retail or just slightly above. I don't believe in paying more than 50 percent over the retail price. At the end of the day, they're still sneakers.

 

I don't believe in paying more than 50 percent over the retail price. At the end of the day, they're still sneakers.

 

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

Roughly 200 and subtracting fast. I've come to realize that there's no trophy for being the dead guy in the cemetery with the most kicks, nor am I going to open a sneaker museum. Besides, the shelf life on these sneakers are real.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

I dabble here and there, but the vision, innovation, marketing, and design of Nike is uncanny. I grew up believing in that Air bubble.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

I am currently downsizing the collection I've compiled from 1994 to present, so yes. But I'm not a reseller. I'm just at a point in my life where less is more.

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

These days, unless you live under a rock, are anti-social, or deliberately choose not to look... It's inevitable. Sneaker companies should be thankful for social media and the huge discount they receive for free marketing. Instagram alone markets to millions with the post of a single picture.

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

It's a post-Y2K term, which I've never been too fond of. Maybe because it's become synonymous with people that sniff, lick, and covet sneakers to a whole new level.

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

I love how there is a wide variety to choose from, whether it's retros, signature models, artist collabs, lifestyle, classics or new technology. It allows everyone to express their individuality and style. The downside is the flood of sneaker releases. Before you can even begin to grow and love a particular model, another one is being released to try and replace your previous purchase.

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

I recall never having to line up for a pair of Jordans. I could just walk into any Foot Locker and ask for my size and it would be there. No hassle and no trouble. I recall taking great pride and joy for having found a pair or colorway no one had ever seen. How that one sneaker expressed your individuality and taste. The hunt and discovery made it all that much more special, and when you found something, you appreciated it. The internet and information age did two things: 1. It destroyed the concept of style and creativity (which is why everyone only wants to dress and look like their favorite celebrity counterpart) and 2. Conspicuous consumption: most folks in the game are simply purchasing sneakers to impress their friends, taking away from their own true individualism. Why else would it be so important for you to drop $1,400 on a pair which cost a few bucks to make? The sneaker companies now understand how to generate billions from the public, therefore they will continue to market, create hype, and flood consumers with weekly releases. This in turn will continue the camp-outs, price escalations, riots, website crashes, reselling, and demand.

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

People's perception of sneakers. That they'll wake up and realize that its made of rubber, leather, and string. That in due time it too will fall apart and you'll realize that the $1,400 you spent could of gone to something more important. 

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