What’s up with my Sneakerhead fam? I hope all is well and you’re keeping up with all the kicks dropping. Acquiring all that you can afford. Who was able to get in on the Kobe “Fade To Black” collection? That was nice!! I haven’t copped anything lately, I’ve just been appreciating my collection and trying to wear everything.
The other day I pulled out my Eggplant Flightposites from 2007, no biggie right? Right, but they’re one of my favorites. I’m just out running a couple of errands, grabbing food and I hear “What are those?!” Now normally when you hear that it’s because you or someone around you has on some trash. By that I mean beaters or some unrecognizable shoe, not readily identifiable. Meaning it’s not heat, so “what are those?”. This was different though, this was a “those are nice, what are those?!” It was an older lady, I smiled and told her what they were. While in the middle of telling her, her grandson walks up in Yezzy Foamposites and joins in the conversation. We talk briefly about kicks, my name is called, I said goodbye, grabbed my food and left.
That got me to thinking about other encounters with individuals that were not Sneakerheads. I say that because interactions with Sneakerheads go differently. Sneakerheads give a nod or sign of acknowledgement and respect. Sometimes, depending on the kicks a conversation will break out. But with those who aren’t Sneakerheads, the questions always come with an “Oooh” and “aaah”. I like that!! I know you guys do too, be honest. It’s just a good feeling to have people like your kicks and to give off a feeling of fascination. That’s not why we do it, but that’s why we do it . Yeah I know…”I do it for me” “I do it because I love kicks” “I love the game” and yadda yadda yadda, me too! Everyone likes to be noticed though…….in a good way.
I remember being in the mall once, going from one shoe store to the next of course. I’m with my bro and we can hear people talking in the background saying “look at his shoes”. I had on some Galaxy hyperflights and he had on some some Bred Jordan 11s. In the Sneakerhead world his shoes are worth more than mine, mine have galaxy print on them though. So my shoes are more eye catching, I mean who has the galaxy on their shoes? Next follows “excuse me, what are those?!” I answer with “Galaxy Hyperflights”. They compliment my shoes and we go our separate ways.
That’s a wonderful feeling as a Sneakerhead, it’s even better when it comes from a fellow Sneakerhead. I have numerous “what are those?!” stories about different kicks. I know you do too, so let’s hear them. Be proactive, get involved, talk to me I’ll talk back!! I am curious about the different kicks you have pulled out and your best or funniest “what are those?!” moments.
Looking forward to the responses…… in the meantime cop heavy, keep em fresh and the soles icy. Salute!
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