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

Name: Mike Orquia
Age: 29
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter / Instagram: @topshelf_LA

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

Man, it's definitely a tie between the Nike Zoom Spiridon and the Air Max 87.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

At least a couple times a month. If it's not a GR I'm picking up, it's an older release I found in a sneaker forum.

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

Just recently I picked up another pair of '01 Black/Cement III's that ran me $450.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

This is the first time I've officially counted, hah. I'm at 163. That's normal nowadays, right?

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

My collection right now is primarily made up of new and classic Nike runners. From Spiridons to the recent HTM Flyknit releases.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?

Yeah, especially to obtain something else, hah.

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

Every day ,to say the least. If I'm not online reading about upcoming releases, I'm looking for deals on forums or from private sellers.

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

It's just like the term hypebeast, it's used way too much. I remember when being called a sneakerhead was a compliment.

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

I find it ridiculous that it isn't safe to wait outside of a store for a pair of shoes.

 

I find it ridiculous that it isn't safe to wait outside of a store for a pair of shoes.

 

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

In the past five years, it's almost become impossible to buy anything. It's as if some GRs became the new quickstrikes. In the past 10 years, we've seen the quality of shoes go from premium to mediocre. In the past 20 years, we've seen originality go down the drain.

What Would You Like To See Change In The Future?

The way releases are handled. It would be cool to see shoes get into the hands of enthusiasts and kids, instead of those looking for a quick comeup.

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