Does your heart go racing when you glimpse a must-have pair of shoes? Do you brandish the philosophy that sneakers are the most important part of your outfit? Have you ever bought clothes to go with your shoes, instead of the other way around?
Then you are a sneakerhead.
Wear the banner with pride. Sneakerheads are in on the secret that’s it’s the shoes that make the man.
A good pair of sneakers is the foundation of any upstanding, well-dressed man. For sport. For play. On the hunt. If you’re lucky enough to have a job in a super casual workplace or if you really know how to GQ an outfit with sneakers for even a stuffy formal office, you might be able to rock the foot candy 24/7.
What Kind of Sneakerhead are You?
Being an expert Sneakerheadologist, I’d be happy to help you classify your manic disorder. See which of the four categories below fits you best. (If you don’t find yourself, fell free to leave a comment and let me know what kind of sneakerphrenia I overlooked.)
Since science has found no cure, I prescribe a heavy dose of buy, buy, buy. It’s always worked for me, and I get so many compliments on my footwear that I must be doing something right.
Hip Hop Couture
The Hip Hop Couture sneakerhead is in tune with the beat of the street. There’s probably no fashion item more closely linked to any music genre, and sneakers and hip hop have heritage together. Back in the 80s, Run DMC were kicking Adidas hardcore and even dedicated a song to them, 1986’s hit ‘My Adidas.’ About the same time, Nike revolutionized footwear – and streetwear – with the Air Jordans.
In later years, all kinds of stars have gotten in on the act, launching their own lines of streetwear, complete with freaky kicks. Some of the priciest? The rarest Wu Tang Dunk Hi’s have gone for as high as $7500. For us mere mortals, you can find some hot Nike Dunks for about 1/100th of that price.
Urban Legends hit the pavements in the cities of the world. Diesel, Dsquared2, Alexander McQueen. .. Sometimes they go for the sneaker specialists, and sometimes they opt for the sneaker lines of designers who rule the runways. Either way, the Urban Legend is a connoisseur of design. Fashionably manly from head to toe, these sneakerheads have got a hawk eye for foot fashion.They can talk about sneakers with the passion of an art critic. And they may be willing to pay top dollar for a true work of art. That comes in a box of course.
Sneakers’ hypothetical target market. Imagine a world pre-rubber-sole. Now open your eyes to the performance engineering of today. Sneakers get the attention of a jet engine. Scientists and engineers are always searching for that extra inch to the jump, the extra feet in the sprint, more grip, easier pivot, a lightness of being.
Athletes are perhaps the purest breed of sneakerhead. The Performance Junkie constantly scours the horizon for the next big thing in his sport of choice.
Real men wear sneakers.
Joe Friday is a sneakerhead by default. He doesn’t really need the professional edge to his game that the Performance Junkie absolutely requires. He might not recognize many of the brands loved by the Urban Legend. He might not know a gangsta rapper from an R&B star, much less which brands they prefer. But he feels at his best in t-shirt, jeans, and his favorite pair of sneakers. No need for flash, but he appreciates a good solid sneaker. Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Asics, Puma, Adidas, etc. The simple, fantastical basics.