By Dr. Wiseman
It’s crazy right, spending $180 on a pair of shoes when you already have the same shoe in a different color. Why would anyone in their right mind go stand in a line at 3 am with about 100 strangers just to attempt to get a pair of shoes? Why do they have to be Jordan? Why not just wear some nice Under Armour basketball shoes?
“Buying Jordan’s and other highly anticipated sneakers is just a way of life. [Buying shoes] is not to look good for anyone. It’s just entertaining a passion. Some people like to play an instrument or cook, and I like to buy shoes,” says sneaker enthusiast Jamaal Greenwood (‘14).
Every collector has a strategy of how they plan to get their next pick-up. A typical sneaker release requires a lot of preparation.
“I usually set my alarm for 2:45 in the morning. And I always make sure I have a backup alarm for around 2:50 or 3:00 just in case I don’t wake up when I hear the first one,” says Lamonte Armstrong (‘14). “Then I just throw on some comfortable clothes like some sweatpants and a hoodie because I know I’m going to be out there for hours. Before I leave the house I count my money for my shoes multiple times to make sure I have enough.”
However, there are occasions where things don’t go as planned. Sometimes these veterans of the shoe game don’t always receive a reward for their commitment.
“I think I speak for everyone when I say the worst part of going to a sneaker release is hearing those two gut-wrenching words: sold out. Nothing made my stomach drop faster than that. Do you have any idea how demoralizing it is to hear that after waiting in line for six hours?” said Jindu Chiazor (‘14).
No matter how you look at it, the art of collecting exclusive sneakers is just as serious a passion as painting or cooking. It may be at the expense of a couple hours sleep and a hole in your pocket, but nothing is more satisfying than walking out of the mall with your pair in hand. The sense of accomplishment you feel is like the feeling you get after completing a long essay. So whether you don’t like it or understand it, you’d better get on board because this “ridiculous hobby” is turning into a serious pastime.
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