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

Name: Miles Coltrane
Age: 26
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter / Instagram: @xmilescoltranex

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

My favorite sneaker would have to be the Nike Cortez in the original Forrest Gump colorway. The simplicity and the timeless style is what makes me a fan for life.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

I had a crazy habit of buying a pair a week for a few years. Nowadays, maybe two pairs a month.

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

The most would have to be $200 for a pair of DS Air Force 1 Linens.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

I can say I can wear a pair of kicks for every day of one calendar year and be fine.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

I have an affinity for classic running and basketball sneakers. Mostly kicks from the late '70s to the late '90s.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Throughout the years I have sold a few pairs to close friends.

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

Working as a blogger at least three times an hour.

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

I try not to use that term anymore because it feels a bit derogatory. It just reminds me of when people use to talk smack to others and call them a "basehead." I'm old and weird, haha. If I had to say something about that term, it would have to be someone who always has sneakers on their mind.

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

I love that the love of sneakers has grown throughout the years. Years ago it was really difficult to find others who loved sneakers as much as I did. The internet has spread the love for sneakers lately as well. The only discouraging thing I dislike is all the anger and violence within the sneaker community.

 

I love that the love of sneakers has grown throughout the years.

 

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

I know the most common answer would be quality. I however understand that quality is not up to par on how it was before because of the high cost of material, build and distribution. I am very fortunate to have been able to wear all genuine leather sneakers so there is a sort of nostalgia there. The love for sneakers has also grown exponentially as well. There came a new generation of people that wore sneakers for athletic purposes, and some rock for style purposes as well. I have also seen sneakers go from being made for only athletes and now for artists, performers, and bands.

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

I would like to see the violence stop. That's all. We all love kicks but it isn't worth harming or killing others for rubber and leather.

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