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

Name: Kurt Bertolami
Age: 23
Location: Boston, MA
Twitter / Instagram: @kurtbert

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

Air Jordan IV "Black/Cement."

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

I tend to buy roughly one pair of new sneakers per month on a yearly average.

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

$225 is the most I have ever spent on a single pair of sneakers.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

I have not taken a recent count, but, the range of sneakers currently owned is between 100 and 120.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

Due to limited space and self control, I do not collect everything, however I do not have a restricted mindset when it comes to buying sneakers.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Yes. I only sell sneakers to friends and for cost or less, though.

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

Three to five times per week.

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

After being into sneakers for almost 10 years now and experiencing the progression of the industry and the growth of collecting and buying sneakers as a hobby, in the current state of this "sneaker" world I live in, I get a negative vibe around the term sneakerhead. The first thing that comes to mind is a corny label that has been put on the interest in sneakers. A sneakerhead, by definition, is somebody who has a higher level of interest in sneakers than your average sneaker consumer. Same applies to a "gearhead" who is into cars, or a "stamphead" who is into stamps. 

 

People seem to easily forget that this thing we love is a hobby.

 

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

Depressing. Value and rarity of a sneaker carries far too much weight in the hobby. People seem to easily forget that this thing we love is a hobby.

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

Information. Internet. Availability. Quality. Rarity. Resale. Resale. Resale. RESALE. Just about everything has changed to me in the last 10 years besides my love for sneakers and the fact that they keep my feet warm and comfy.

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

More acceptance for diversity and change. I detest seeing brands (Nike in particular) constantly slapping new technologies on old sneaker models just to make an extra buck. Retro the model and move on. Keep a Free sole on your Free products and stick to innovating the next technology.

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