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

Name: Nick Pappas
Age: 34
Location: n/a
Twitter / Instagram: @nick_pappas

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?

Without a doubt, the Supreme Dunk High in blue is my all-time favorite shoe. I think it's the only shoe that I have MULTIPLES of that I will keep locked away forever.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?

Haha, too often. If my fiancé is reading this, it's only one pair a month. But honestly it's more like three to five a month. There's just so much good stuff hitting every month. And now that Vans Syndicate is doing monthly drops along with Jordan and SB, its tough to hold back.

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

This was years ago, but I think it was about a grand for Pigeon Dunks, right when they dropped. I've been lucky to have been doing this for a long-ass time and have made a lot of great connects that have helped out along the way. Not trying to blow up my spots, but you all know who you are, thank you!

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?

At my highest count I was probably close to 1,500 pairs. I've reduced it down quite a bit, but I've still got a bunch. Enough that I need a storage unit to keep them in.


At my highest count I was probably close to 1,500 pairs.


Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?

I'm a huge SB fan, but I started out with Jordans back in the day. My first pair were the original Grape Vs back in the day. Mowed a lot of yards to be able to buy those. The folks weren't down to buy $100-plus dollar kicks, so I had to make the money for them on my own. But, I'd say the bulk of my collection today is SB and Jordan with a healthy sprinkling of Vans. 

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?

I have, usually to buy more shoes. It's a vicious cycle, haha.

How Often Do You Look At Sneakers On The Internet?

Is all day, every day too often? In all seriousness I probably look at sneakers on the interwebs a few hours a week.

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

Well it used to mean someone who shared my same interests and someone I could relate to. Now everyone and their mother claims to be a sneakerhead and it's lost its meaning. I especially love when some kid whose entire collection consists of nothing but RETROS and last month's SB quickstrike tries to talk shit about other collectors. Dude, I was into shoes before you were even born, don't try and tell me that your 2012 Bred IVs are better than blah blah blah. Save it.

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

I mean, it is what it is. Today I just buy what I like, fuck the hype. It's just unfortunate that some dope shoes get undue hype and therefore become harder to get. Luckily, I have a group of connects that understand that I genuinely love sneakers and help me get certain pairs that are harder to get due to hypebeasts and resellers. Shout out to the homies.

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

The internet has changed the game. It's the gift and the curse. I remember picking up the 1999 Black/Red IVs three days after they dropped, walking past a Foot Action in the mall, saw them in the window, walked in and walked out five minutes later with my size. There wasn't a campout, you weren't battling resellers, hypebeasts didn't exist. It's the way it should be. Nike knows what they're doing, they are a marketing company first and foremost. They know how to make people fiend for their products. But for instance, with Kanye's shoe, I think it's unfair that they don't release a pair that's more available to the public. Sure, make limited colorways for the heads, but also for people who are a fan of his, or a fan of the shoe, or a fan of Nike. They do it with Jordan, not every retro sells out instantly. They should do it across all categories. 

What Would You Like To See Change In The Future?

I think the sneaker game will change on its own. Eventually collecting sneakers won't be the "cool" thing to do anymore and those people who aren't in it for the right reasons will move on to the next fad. There's just nothing like getting your hands on a fresh pair of sneakers and running your hands over the leather, dissecting every inch to find the smallest design details, smelling that fresh leather and glue. If you're buying shoes just to show off on your Youtube channel, or to make your Instagram followers jealous, then you don't get what it's really all about. 

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