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

Name: Brandon Delgado
Age: 24
Location: New Jersey
Twitter / Instagram: @undeadsole

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

The 2004 Olympic Dunk is my favorite sneaker simply because it was the first sneaker I saw that made my eyes wide and initiated the feeling of "I NEED to have these."

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

On average I buy one or two pair every other week, although I try to stick with the quality over quantity rule because nowadays sneaker companies are out to get you.

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

I would love to say I don't spend much money on my sneakers but it does add up quickly. Luckily for me I am good at finding "deals" and the most I have ever spent in straight cash is $420 on my Medicom 3s. Otherwise I have done a package kind of sale where I spent $1,300+ in one purchase.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

Currently I own 242 pair of sneakers. I have sold and traded a few here and there but it is a necessary evil from time to time.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

In general I try to stick to the sneakers that really stand out to me in terms of their meaning or collaborative effort put behind them. Oh, and a hot colorway always helps. With that being said it seems the majority of my collection leans towards Nike SBs.

 

My sneakers have occasionally saved me from credit card debt, funded parts of my schooling and in the roughest times put food on my table.

 

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Unfortunately I have sold a few, I try very hard not to but sometimes other priorities kick in and we have to do whats necessary. My sneakers have occasionally saved me from credit card debt, funded parts of my schooling and in the roughest times put food on my table. The most I ever sold something for was a model that was limited to 529 pairs worldwide, I sold them for $2,250.

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

Everyday I check sneaker websites whether on my phone, computer and even at work occasionally. They have become a part of my life, I truly enjoy it.

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

"Sneakerhead" has become almost as controversial for me as the word "hypebeast." One time while waiting in line for a pair of sneakers a kid walked up to me (after seeing what I was wearing on my feet) and asked me if I was a sneakerhead. I replied "what do you consider to be a sneakerhead?" His answer was "someone who has a lot of sneakers." So I replied, "I have 219 pairs" (at that time that's what I had)—at that moment his eyes lit up and you could see the excitement in his face. The next part was the piece that shocked me, he asked "how many pairs does a person need to be a sneakerhead?"  For me the term sneakerhead defines your lifestyle, it has nothing to do with how many pairs you have but your love and knowledge for the game. If I came into a crisis and needed to sell every pair of my sneakers down to my only pair of New Balance 993s should I still be considered a sneakerhead?

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

Unfortunately the sneaker game has changed drastically since eight years ago when I first started. I could go on and on about inflation of prices, overhype of every new release, depreciation of the market for rare and older pieces and even capitalization on the community by the manufacturers, but what truly disheartens me is the lack of passion and knowledge for the shoes.  I long for a day to come again where the people involved in sneakers can hold an enjoyable conversation about what and why their favorite sneakers are that doesn't involve something that came out yesterday because they know how "in demand" it is. If people cared half as much as they used to the market wouldn't be so oversaturated with uneducated young children and money-hungry hypebeasts as it is.

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

In the past five years you were able to start to see how Nike and Jordan Brand were starting to dig their claws into the community by raising their prices and testing out different releases like Jordan packs to make more money per transaction. This made it a little more difficult for the average consumer to purchase everything they wanted but it started to set the precedent for the mockery we have going on today. Ten years ago most companies in terms of sneakers just really started to branch into the idea of sneakers being collectible. Limited releases of exclusive colorways were coming out and Nike started branching into other sports and communities such as the birth of Nike's skateboarding line, Nike SB.

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

I want to see people become educated about the sneaker industry. Appreciate the facts and tidbits about Jordan being fined when he wore the 1s on the court because they were too colorful or respect New Balance because they continue to keep part of their manufacturing here in the States or even appreciate the learning curve Nike SB went through by recalling the Dunk Low SB Heineken due to copyright infringement. Ridiculous prices and a lopsided market will shift if people simply made a decision on what they care about. There is no reason why a Jordan sneaker that releases should shoot up to $360 when you can find the same pair brand new that retroed 10 years prior with better materials and better quality for $40 more. I have noticed in life that we learn the most from people who are passionate about something. Find what you really care about in life and stick to it. Don't ruin for the people that really care.

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