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

Name: Sean 'Paper Chasr' Williams
Age: 41
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Twitter / Instagram: @osdlive

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?:

The Nike Air Max 1.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?:

Three to five pairs per month, not always for myself.

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

$1.000.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?:

Thousands of pairs over the years.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?:

No.

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?:

Yes I have.

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

At least three times a day (but for journalist/show purposes).

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

How much I don't like the word at all.

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

The sneaker business in its current state is full of retailers who wanna be "resellers," which is a horrible trend which will cause them to lose customers. You have kids who resell every Jordan they can get their hands on but have no clue who Tinker Hatfield is (I've witnessed this on many occasions).

 

The sneaker business in its current state is full of retailers who wanna be "resellers."

 

And you have problem of an increasing number of people being severely hurt or killed for sneakers that next week they wouldn't even care that they own because they will be too busy chasing the next "must have." That sneaker then turns into the "oh I got those, didn't you see my Instagram?!" shoe. Despite all that I just mentioned, I see the potential for so many people to enter the business and become the types of footwear industry professionals that can change this business back to the one that we loved when we were kids. That's why SOLEcial Studies exists, that why PENSOLE exists. That's why OSD exists!

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

1) Last five years: The super-inflated price that retail shops sell sneakers for. 2) Last 10 years: The amount of times the same sneakers keep coming back. 3) Last 20 years: The amount of kids 18 and under that are now into sneakers, and how little they know about the shoes they own.

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

I'd like to see fewer of the same sneakers released during shorter time periods, and I'd like to see sneaker lovers give other brands besides Nike and Jordan a chance.

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