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

Name: JPV
Age: 31
Location: Oceanside, CA
Twitter / Instagram: @solelo

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

Air Max 87.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

Whenever I feel like it—I just buy something I like when I see it *Yeezus shrug*.

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

I once dropped like $400 on a pair. The hypebeast in me had to get them. Hope my queen doesn't read this...

 

I once dropped like $400 on a pair. The hypebeast in me had to get them. Hope my queen doesn't read this...

 

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

Don't really know, never really sat and purposely counted. That's like a man measuring his... Yeah let's keep it PG. If I had to guess though, it would be about 250-plus.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

Collect? I wouldn't say I collect. I cops (purchase for the non-urban people) mostly runners and trainers. I think it's has to do with me getting older or being old, one of those old thangs. 

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Yeah, I have sold quite a bit recently actually, and I always try to sell for retail. Plus shipping, of course. 

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

A few times a day. 

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

HYPEBEAST. I used to associate it with people who genuinely love sneakers and footwear. I mean the tech, the colorway, the materials and the story behind the sneaker; hard to believe people once cared about those things. Now it has taken on a new meaning, if you have everything that's hype you are a "sneakerhead." The average person who have always appreciated sneakers doesn't seem to matter as much anymore. 

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

It's in a place where I never thought I would see it, honestly. It has truly evolved. Hard to say if it's for good or bad. Prices, violence and the amount of people buying a sneaker to resell increases while quality, social aspect and knowledge decreases. I once learned in some class that you can't stop evolution. I guess like any culture, right?

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

I think the love for sneakers is gone, it's all about making that chedda now. 

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

The true essence of just loving sneakers coming back. 

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