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

Name: Pedro Motta
Age: 27
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Twitter / Instagram: @absolelute

What Is Your Favorite Sneaker?

Air Jordan III.

How Often Do You Buy New Sneakers?

Twice a month normally.

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

$450 on the black Yeezy 1.

How Many Pairs Of Sneakers Do You Have?

About 550.

Do You Collect A Specific Type Of Sneaker?

Mainly Nike, lately it's been a lot of Jordans. 

Have You Ever Sold A Pair Of Sneakers?

Yeah, I went a little overboard one time and ran out of money for rent so I had to sell some. 

How Often Do You Look At Sneakers On The Internet?

Every hour at least.

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

In 2013, I think of teenagers who just buy shoes with their parents' credit cards. When I started heavy buying and collecting, a sneakerhead to me was a person who is knowledgable about shoes and knows where to find them in their city. Wearing sneakers for yourself, not because everyone else is doing it. 

 

I've been collecting for a little under 10 years and I've seen it transform.

 

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

Right now, I'm pretty disappointed with what its become. Everything has been blown out of proportion, if you want a shoe you better be extremely lucky on a raffle or have the extra cash to cough up to a reseller. 

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

A lot, I've been collecting for a little under 10 years and I've seen it transform. Right now it's impossible to have your local shop hold your size because of a raffle or they want a line outside their doors. And then after all that trouble to get a shoe you really want, you're labeled a hypebeast. Right now I feel like I'm buying just to fit in, where as before you bought shoes to stand out. Very frustrating. 

What Would You Like To See Change In The Future?

I would love it if brands would stop retroing the exact same shoe every three years and upping the price every time. Don't even get me started on resellers...

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