Sneaker-Buying Strategy: Buy, Wear, Donate. Repeat.
“My strategy is to buy what I like and wear it. Over the years it's gotten more difficult to buy everything that I want because of hype (and bots). But the purchasing strategy doesn't change as a result. I never buy to resell. If I buy it, I'm wearing it.
I may be an anomaly, but I don't sell my sneakers. Never have. What I don't want, or can stand to give, I gift to family, friends and either the Goodwill or Salvation Army.”
Sneaker Budget Per Year: $500 - $1,000
“I’ve cut back substantially. I have more than enough these days and the chase isn’t as exciting as it once was.
I can think back to one of my first trips to New York City as an adult, traveling on my own. I'd gone to the courts on West 4th not to play, but just to hang out and watch. Afterwards I wandered around for hours just canvassing the city, taking it all in. A stumbled into a sneaker store near Soho—I don't even remember what it was called—and I bought a pair of Bo Jackson's (SC Trainers) that I'd never seen in Texas.
Years later, during my first trip to Tokyo, I finally had a chance to visit a store I'd grew up enamored with, called atmos. I didn't buy anything because my budget was very slim. But just being there, browsing the shelves, seeing what people walking into the store were wearing, what the staff was wearing, is something I've never forget. It was discovery on a scale far beyond anything I'd experienced prior. Moments like those are much harder to come by these days—with Instagram, social media, the Internet, you’re over a sneaker before it’s released.”
Cop of the Year: Nike Air Zoom Generation in Black and Red
“I'm a huge LeBron James fan and never owned a pair of his first signature shoe with Nike. It was a great purchase for me. I got them from a shop in Atlanta. There's just something about a black leather basketball shoe that gets me. Not to mention they're one of the shoe’s original colorways so there's some history behind them.”
Recent Misses: Virgil Abloh x Nike
"It's always interesting to people when I tell them that I can't get something. Everyone either thinks I have it already, or can get it if not. Not true. Sure, I have access others may not, but it's not always appropriate to tap into those connects. And sometimes it’s simply crazy demand and limited supply. That gets us all. Even the biggest sneakerheads with the best plug misses out on some stuff. Doesn't really matter what it is, you just won't get everything. Sure, you can pay double or triple or more the original retail value, but that's a game I don't play very often."