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

Name: Eric "Shake" James
Age: 35
Location: NY/Milwaukee/CA
Twitter / Instagram: @shakejmj

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?

adidas.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?

Anytime I see some fire joints, but adidas takes great care of me.

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

$400 for some Porsche joints I saw overseas.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

200-plus.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

I like the old flavor like the Kobes, T-Macs, and the Antoine Walkers! Yeah, I said Toine Walkers!!! Slept-on sneaker, no doubt.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

I really never sell them, but I make the young guys who wear a size 13 give $10 to homeless shelters before I give them my old joints.

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

I look 10 times a day, just seeing what catches my eye.

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

That's a compliment 'cause you gotta have fire sneakers to get that tag.

 

It's becoming like I say about adidas, "more than a sneaker, a way of life."

 

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

It's growing probably more than anyone imagined. It's becoming like I say about adidas, "more than a sneaker, a way of life."

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

The new guys are more creative and are coming up with great sneakers (Derrick Roses, CrazyQuicks, Spring Blades). The shoes nowadays are so light and they make them look so crispy you can hoop in them or go to the club in them.

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

Just keep pushing the envelope like Jeremy Scott does with new textures and textiles and just be original.

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