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

Name: Arthur Clark
Age: 31
Location: Boston, MA
Twitter / Instagram: @artdastar

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

The Air Jordan 11.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

Once or twice a month.

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

$350.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

220.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

Nikes and Jordans.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Yes.

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

Daily. 

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

Destroyers of the sneaker game.

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

I hate it. I hate that Jordan releases kicks every other week, I hate that Jordan releases colors and quality that look like they come from Canal Street, I hate retros of retros, I hate RSVP, I hate the re-ups, I hate that the pure love of the shoe game is gone.

 

I hate that Jordan releases kicks every other week

 

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

Twenty years ago everything was so creative and innovative from the designs to the commercials to the number of athletes that were getting that push. I see 10 years ago as that retro era AKA the gift and the curse—as it was great to see all the classics come back out, but it killed originality in the game. Five years ago the hype became real and it was about everybody cashing out. From people camping out for days to get kicks to sell online, to boutiques popping up everywhere, to the dude at the mall that would hold your size for an extra $20, everybody looked to profit off kicks. 

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

I want to see that creative energy come back. I think Nike is on its way with Kobe's and KD's sneaker lines along with everything they're doing with the Flyknit. Also I would like to see the oversaturation end—Jordans should drop once a month, three or four Foams a year. There's no desire anymore because kicks are dropping every week. Lastly, I want other brands to step up their retro game and reintroduce their classics to a generation that missed out. Shaqs, Kemps, Mutombo, Ewings, AIs—I'm glad to see them all back, and those brands need to keep up and build around those releases.  

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