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

Name: Dennis D. Galang
Age: 31
Location: San Diego, CA
Twitter / Instagram: @Flowsomuch
What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

My favorite sneaker is the '97 Zoom Spiridon.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

I buy sneakers about three or four times every four weeks.

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

The most I have ever spent on a pair of sneakers was about $450 on a pair of 2000 Concord XIs back in 2004. I needed a pair bad and didn't think they were ever going to retro again.

 

The most I have ever spent on a pair of sneakers was about $450.

 

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

I have close to 380 pairs of sneakers.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

I collect Nikes only. Styles range from runners and SBs to basketball and Jordan.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

To be honest, I have never sold a pair of sneakers, I may have traded a couple of times for something I really wanted, but I have never sold a pair.

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

Not often as I should. I don't frequent Niketalk as much as I used to. I was heavily involved on the board, but now I just find out about releases through word of mouth from friends.

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

Being a part of the older generation, I really don't like to use the term sneakerhead or be labeled one. At one point it was cool, let's say back in like '03 or something. But for me, I just like to be categorized as someone who is passionate and loyal to Nike as a company and as a brand. It's part of who I am and what I grew up on.

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

I think the true passion behind it is lost. A lot of people are really into this culture for reselling purposes, many of them who used to be "sneakerheads." I am not one to knock on anyone's hustle, but it just seems that the reason why a lot of shoes these days are selling out, particularly just some random GRs, are that people are buying them up just to put them on the resell market. No one is really buying these sneakers due to technology or what they're really used for or just for the true love of them or buying them because their current or retired favorite athlete is wearing them on the basketball court or on the field. They're buying them solely based on hype or if some popular celebrity is wearing them. Not that it's wrong, but it just seems that buying sneakers is just the cool thing to do right now.

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

Oh man, a lot has changed. I want to say a lot in regards to performance and technology. As far as technology goes, particularly with the Air Jordan signature line, or Nike Basketball line even, technology has played a huge role in regards to performance and being able to align itself in giving the athlete the best option they have to help them play better. From functionality to weight, a lot of material used in these new shoes compared to an 1988 Jordan III has come a long, long way to where we're at now with a model such as the Air Jordan XX8 and its Flight Plate technology. Nike prides itself with innovation and they continue to do so by bringing something new to the table when it comes to performance. Running shoes are on the forefront of things as well, more so with Nike's running line from their Pegasus line to the newer models using Lunarlon material and Free technology. Not to too many people pay attention to this, but I believe people who run keep their ear close to the ground and pay more attention to these newer technology running shoes. Anything to increase comfort, durability, and feel of ride is always beneficial to runners.

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

I'd like to see more genuine passion brought back to the culture of sneakers. The typical label of sneakerhead these days has an image of some hypebeast kid wearing a flamboyantly colored sneaker with his snapback and whatever typical outfit they would be wearing to match their sneakers. There are other people out there who buy a lot of sneakers based on the sport they perform in or just basically for the love of the sneaker, love of the brand, or whatever reason it may be. A good friend once told me, once you call yourself a sneakerhead these days, you already lost. Let's bring it back to the good old days where people bought GRs because they just loved the technology and design of the shoe and it was readily available to anyone, versus the "I need to buy these because they're limited edition and Kanye/Wale was seen with them on." Or buying a retro based on nostalgia or having a personal connection to it at a younger age and have the opportunity to own it again versus the, "it's a cool retro, everyone is buying it, I'll buy it too."

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