Updated: May 23, 2019
How many pairs of shoes do you have? Do you have enough? How many is enough? I’m sure the average person would probably say 5 or 6 pairs of shoes is enough. Now if you posed this question to a Sneakerhead they would tell you that there is no such thing as enough shoes. Sneakerheads love shoes on a level deeper than the average person. We don’t buy shoes consistently because they are available and keep releasing, No we buy shoes because of our obsession with shoes. To be perfectly honest, it’s more of an addiction to us. We can’t stop. We want to have them all. We want different colors, styles and designs…..It’s almost like Pokemon “Gotta catch em All”. Most of the time we don’t wear all of the shoes, but that doesn’t matter to us. It’s about possessing the shoes we love and desire. It’s probably one of the most addictive habits there is since shoes keep coming out.
We can never truly possess all of the shoes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t attempt to acquire as many as possible. Little do outsiders know, Sneakerheads have dreams and fantasies of rooms in their house dedicated to and full of sneakers….and if they don’t already have them – they want to and are building towards that. Sneakerheads have stacks and stacks of shoes piled high in their rooms and/or closets just waiting to be worn. The more shoes you have the more you’re revered as a Sneakerhead, but that’s not why we do it…..but having the reputation and that clout isn’t bad. True Sneakerheads have shoes from years ago when they first started collecting. Some have never been worn and others have been worn out. But they refuse to get rid of them because of sentimental reasons or because of the shoe itself. There are some shoes that have only released once and that may have been years ago. So to have that said shoe, regardless of condition, means something; because it’s not just about having a lot of shoes. It’s about having exclusive, rare and OG shoes in your collection. The term “OG” means original release when referring to shoes. These days anyone can go out and acquire all of the new shoes that are releasing, but they can’t go out and get OG releases and exclusive kicks because of the rarity of the shoe. There are some avenues that allow for purchasing OG and rare shoes, but you better believe they are going to cost you a pretty penny.
With that being said, Sneakerheads don’t care about prices. We just want to have and acquire as many shoes as possible. It’s nothing better than not only having a room full of shoes, but having a room full of shoes that are worth having. That in itself is sometimes reflected by the prices that we pay for our shoes. As the saying goes “You get what you pay for”. That’s something Sneakerheads truly believe and operate in. It’s something that outsiders will never comprehend. Let them tell it….they’re just shoes and you can’t wear them all so why bother. To the outsiders I say “don’t worry about” and to my Sneakerheads I say “happy hunting” #SALUTE
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