Location: Long Island, New York
Twitter / Instagram: @jay_extrabutter
What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:
The Nike Air Tech Challenge II (white/hot lava-black/granite).
How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:
Too often. At least once a week.
What's The Most You've Spent On A Pair Of Sneakers?:
Either $200 plus shipping on the Air Jordan 1 (Black/Royal) or $200 plus tax on the YO! MTV Raps Puma Clyde — I forget which came out to more.
How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:
Pretty sure I've got around 300.
Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:
I like stuff with a story or an experience involved, or whatever I just happen to be into at the time.
Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:
A small handful. I'd like to sell many more!
How Often Do You Look At Sneakers On The Internet?:
Only for work these days. I don't surf around as much anymore, I enjoy missing out on stuff and getting a bit wow-ed when I actually see them in person.
I enjoy missing out on stuff and getting a bit wow-ed when I actually see them in person.
What Is The First Thing That Comes To Mind When You Hear The Term Sneakerhead?:
I always think that the perception of what a "sneakerhead" is needs to be broken or widely expanded. It seems today that "sneakerhead" is usually only representative of the cookie-cutter type, or typical person into sneakers.
What Are Your Feelings On The State Of Sneakers Right Now?:
Things are nuts... total chaos, total fun, but just nuts. I hope people through all their sneaker craze are becoming aware or just overall more appreciative of what a huge and wonderful community we are. I feel the state of sneakers is at an amazing point right now, but I hope it becomes more clear to the industry and culture overall that there's a new generation leading the charge and carrying the torch. And this is what makes things so exciting right now!
What Has Changed About Sneakers In The Last 5/10/20 Years To You?:
Everything. But "hype" and the way sneakers caught fire and became must-haves is the thing that stands out to me the most. Back in the day (I know, cliché), something usually occurred to make a sneaker highly sought after. It became popular in a particular territory, an athlete did something wild in them, or they were a grand marriage between style and function. Nowadays, the hype is manufactured. That's not to say that's a bad thing, but sometimes it feels like it's a bit less exciting. Yet, here I sit buying sneakers more frequently than I ever have.
What Would You Like To See Change In The Future?:
I think all the major brands have made significant strides over the past few years to really make our culture flourish. I hope they all learned from it and never cease to stop this momentum. I also hope people are allowed to be themselves. It's tough with PR, social media, etc. For famous athletes, or just people in general, I hope people's unique personalities continue to come out, create, and make for great stories.