Pictured Below: Nate Robinson with part of his collection
10 Things a Sneakerhead Needs Part 2:
I hope you enjoyed the first half of “10 Things a Sneakerhead Needs”. I also hope you have been looking forward to part two! So, let’s just get right back into it. Here are the second five things that I feel are necessary to be an efficient and contributing sneakerhead in the sneaker community.
6. Originality- The last thing this world needs is more hype beasts. Let me explain what a hype beast is if you haven’t heard the term used before. A hype beast is someone who will talk about and even buy a shoe only because he or she has heard someone else hyping the same shoe up. So my advice, or more of a plea, is to please be yourself. No one likes a swagger jacker either. I’m sure that might be a new term to you also so just substitute the word copycat. Obviously there are going to be people with the same shoe as you, but if you have friends looking to cop a pair that you also want, make sure you oneup ‘em on the outfit game. Never show up to a place in the same shoes as someone without having a kick a** fit. The only time you should be showing up looking similar is if you’re into couples kicks, which is a whole other lifestyle.
7. Use Sneaker related apps/ websites- The only way to establish and maintain a sneaker game is to keep yourself updated. I myself use the Kicksonfire app, J23, and Instagram to follow cool sneaker accounts. Apps like J23 are awesome because if you follow him on Twitter he can actually get you direct links to the sites and shoes you’ve been so desperately hunting down. Not to mention KOF has a dope detailed release date calendar and awesome articles and breakdowns on upcoming releases and even shoes not being released in stores. However, if you’re more into reading I recommend checking out Sneakernews. Information is key people, stay informed, stay relevant, stay fresh.
8. Patience- This is number 8 on my list but please realize this is not numbered in order of importance. I say this because Patience is probably THE most important quality you can have when it comes to sneaker collecting. On Saturday morning releases whether you’re online or in line patience is absolutely essential. You’ve probably seen the pictures of people camping out the night before a release just to guarantee themselves a pair. That is the length that people in this community are willing to go to, so be ready. Online: You will never have an easy time online unless you’re a bot user (which I frown upon). Websites are unpredictable, even the well established ones. I have been 90% done with a purchase and the site has crashed on a handful of occasions. You have to be patient or you will lose, and you WILL want to rip your hair out. So, stay calm, take a deep breath and remember that at the end of that tunnel, there is a crispy pair of Js with your name on them.
9. Take care of your shoes (PLEASE)- Nothing gets under my skin more than seeing a kid whose mom probably paid 200 bucks for a pair of retros, and he’s got them absolutely destroyed. They don’t make sneakers like they used to, it’s the sad and honest truth of the world we live in. They keep getting more expensive but the production grade keeps going down. This means that shoes will wear and tear a bit easier than they used to. So, this means you’re going to have to be extra careful when wearing them and housing them. A good pair of shoes should be taken care of with love and affection. I strongly recommend using Mr. Clean’s “Magic Erase” they take out just about any stain on any kind of sneaker material. So, be nice to your kicks and they will be shiny and bright in return.
10. Don’t hate, Appreciate- This one refers to the judgement of other Sneakerhead’s collections. Collections all vary in size and variety. Never feel bad or good based on comparisons to someone else’s collection. There are people who only collect Kobes, or Lebrons, or even just New Balances. There is always going to be someone with more sneakers and there’s always going to be someone with less sneakers. Your main concern should be whether or not you feel happy when you look at, or wear your own sneakers. Everybody is different and that is what makes the community so great. So, get out there and get your collection started. At the end of the day, sneakers are an awesome way to express yourself and a great addition to any look you’re trying to pull off.
Well, I hope you guys enjoyed the second half of my ideas for what a Sneakerhead needs. I had a blast writing it and I truly hope it helps some of you who are just getting started! Have a great day and happy shoe hunting!