The Evolution Of The “Sneakerhead”
“Sneakerhead” is a term that is starting to get thrown around more and more, especially with the younger generations; and most people don’t even realize that we have such a large shoe culture. A sneakerhead is someone who is passionate, knowledgeable, and has an overall appreciation for sneakers. Being a sneakerhead isn’t a self-proclaimed title, it’s a group all its own.
Sneakerheads have been around since the brands began collaborating with athletes on a particular style of shoes. Serious shoe collecting started with the first Air Jordan shoe, which was banned by the NBA. When Nike started issuing “retro” Jordans, sneaker collecting was off to the races.
The internet played a huge part in the collecting aspect of the tennis shoe culture. Fellow sneakerheads have a way of communicating with each other; and news about releases were flooding the internet. Then there became ways to buy and sell your favorite sneakers. The trend of collecting tennis shoes quickly became a way to turn a profit. Many buyers got into the game with the sole intent of flipping limited edition shoes for a quick buck.
Here is the criteria that classifies someone as a sneakerhead:
- The types of sneakers you buy and wear.
There isn’t one specific type of sneaker that makes you a sneakerhead. As T.I. said, “It’s whatever you like!” From Nike to Vans, it’s all about YOUR style and what makes you comfortable. The collection that you have should represent your story as a shoe collector. You can have a diverse collection, but at the end of the day as long as every sneaker means something to you, that makes you a sneakerhead.
- The number of sneakers you have.
The answer to the question of “How many sneakers make you a ‘sneakerhead?’” is: NONE! If you don’t have a passion for collecting sneakers then the number of sneakers you have holds no relevance. The person with the largest collection obviously has the most money, but not every “sneakerhead” is financially capable of buying 10-20 pairs of sneakers a month. Every “sneakerhead” starts out with a little passion.
As you can see, it doesn’t matter what brand of sneaker you wear or how many pairs of sneakers you have in your closet, it’s the passion and the knowledge of the shoe industry that makes you a sneakerhead. Click here for a list of upcoming sneaker releases.
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