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

Name: Sean Nana
Age: 29
Location: California
Twitter / Instagram: @seannana

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

The ParaNorman Foamposite One. Posting a weird picture of yourself as a kid on twitter was risky, but worth it. I told my mother about the #WeirdWins contest and asked her to dig through some old photos of me being weird as a kid. A day later, she emailed me about eight pictures she scanned with a message ensuring me that I would win. Thanks, Ma. This pair means a lot to me. They are still in the original box from the Nike mailroom. I have something special lined up for the unboxing of these joints.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

I seem to purchase in spurts. Months go by where I don't purchase any. Then all of a sudden, I cop three or four pairs in a month or two. It's extremely difficult for me to pass on a good deal or a hook-up.

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

The first shoe that comes to mind are the Royal Foamposite One back in '96-97. $200 was outrageous! Somehow, I pulled one of those "it's for my birthday/Christmas/unlimited chores/basketball shoes" strategies. Sneakers that mold to my feet?! Foams were next next level. However, the most money I've dropped on a pair was the 2012 Nike HyperDunk+ iD with the Sport Pack totaling around $280. The price for this pair was steep, but I love hooping with a pair of kicks that track your vertical and quickness. Considering my average steps per second are being tracked, it's kept me from walking down the court after a few games.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

I currently have about 95 boxes of sneakers in my room. Quality over quantity, always.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

I collect sneakers I like and try to diversify. Living in California, I typically rock Jordans, trainers, running shoes, and Nike SB.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

I've sold one pair. I came up on an extra pair of Jordan XI "Concord" and sold it to a co-worker for retail since her son came up short.

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

Considering who I follow on Instagram and Twitter, at least once a day.

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

I'm actually pretty bitter when I hear that term now. Just look up #sneakerhead on any social network and see how convoluted the results are. I'm happy more people have an appreciation for sneakers and are finally able to get their hands on pairs they've always wanted and share their passion. But some people just pollute the culture and make the term unappealing to me.

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

The sneaker world is larger than ever. The culture extends far beyond sports and many adapt them as a lifestyle product. The success of the sneaker industry has been so positive, people are hopping on the bandwagon much like they would with a winning sports team. To me, sneakers have always been about innovation with a story. Through collectors, these sneakers and stories live on. I'm happy to see classic shoes re-release as there are some great pairs to be re-recognized and I'm happy enthusiasts have a larger venue to share their prized possessions. I'm mostly excited to see the process of creating sneakers evolve. I enjoy unique collaborations and believe that sneaker companies are able to do great things when they collaborate with the community. Ronnie Fieg x ASICS, Nike x Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and artist/brand/skate shop collabs are great examples of keeping the culture fresh and positive for everybody.

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

Five years: Individual collectors have expanded beyond online forums. New sites and new social media, like Instagram, allowed us to engage with an even broader audience. Sneaker sites and social media served as a catalyst for the ever-growing sneaker world. 10 years: There are more accessible ways to buy and sell sneakers. Retail shops, boutiques, and consignment stores began to pop up in your favorite city. In addition, when you consider the amount of new retail outlets on the Internet, it's become a lot easier for you to get your feet into some heat. 20 years: The technology and design of sneakers has drastically evolved. Sneakers are getting more specialized as there is now a sneaker for just about everything.

 

People no longer want to be like Mike, but want to be themselves.

 

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

I'd like to see more innovation from the customization standpoint. People no longer want to be like Mike, but want to be themselves. The stage is no longer television and there are new rules. I hope to see better customization experiences at both retail and online.

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