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

Name: Mark Genato
Age: 32
Location: California
Twitter / Instagram: @AirMagKnows

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?

Air Jordan XI "Concord."

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?

Six or eight times per year.

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

$215, Yeezy.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?

200-plus.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?

I collect a wide variety of shoes, basketball line being the most dominant. 

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?

Yes.

How Often Do You Look At Sneakers On The Internet?

Two or three times a week. 

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

Someone who is a part of, or tries to be a part of, a growing subculture in our society. 

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

A lot of the fun "chase" or "the hunt" has diminished drastically. With so many outlets to purchase shoes (online/in store/eventual Nike outlet sighting/consignment shops) it has become too easy to find whatever you may have missed. Also, if you are to miss a release for whatever reason, its almost certain that it will be retroed in the next two or three years anyway. 

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

Availability. You can find just about anything if you are willing to spend the dough. On one hand, I've seen a decline in quality of materials and paints on certain shoe models which has completely forced me to boycott many shoes I would normally buy without question. On a brighter note, the technology of sneakers has made amazing strides to provide for more comfort, support, and performance which is important to an aging person like myself. 

 

I understand that complaining yet buying the product doesn't force change. So, my silent protest is simply to stop buying their product.

 

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

Jordan Brand to take more pride in quality product/materials as opposed to focusing on a greater profit margin. Consumers aren't stupid. I understand that complaining yet buying the product doesn't force change. So, my silent protest is simply to stop buying their product. If enough people boycott the poor quality, change can happen. If the consumer continues to support by purchasing the inferior products, Jordan Brand will continue to point and laugh at them. Unfortunately, I have not purchased a "retro" Air Jordan in years, nor do I ever plan to if things stay the same. Stand for something, or fall for anything. 

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