by Simeon Simmons, Features Editor
“Don’t step on my J’s,” the most viral phrase on social media that sneaker-worshippers easily understand. We all have that one friend who just can’t shut up about the fresh new kicks they copped and brag about them being the latest release. What motivates these people’s obsession to snatch up the latest pair of shoes? With the help of Central’s finest, seniors Michael Givens, Christian Dorbins, Austin Jackson, and Thomas Walker, the Tiger dissects this shoe craze.
So how does it start? When does the incurable itch to own every sneaker you can get your hands on begin? According to the sneakerheads, it starts around sophomore year, the year you “glo up” from being a bottom-of-the-food-chain freshie.
“In eighth grade I was real dusty. Then ninth grade, I was still dusty, but tenth grade is when my life changed,” Michael said.
So what’s the first shoe, the starter shoe? Every Sneakerhead needs a starter show to get them going in the unspoken sneaker competition.
“My Jordan Cardinal 7s,” Austin said.
“Play-off 8s,” Thomas said.
“Sqaudron 13s,” Michael said.
“Fire Red 4s,” Christian said.
But the sneaker craze is not just limited to these. Central’s finest go toward a certain style and brand when it comes to the heat on their feet.
“You already know how I’m rockin’- Clarks,” Austin said.
“Casual shoes over tennis shoes; boots and loafers and stuff like that,” Michael said.
What’s the point of the gradual collecting of every shoe that catches your eye? The answer: endless outfit combinations.
“I like to have shoes that go with everything-with different colors,” Michael said. “You have to have different colors that go with everything.”
“You have to color coordinate,” Thomas said.
You want this shoe, that shoe, and you’ve just got to have that one too! Breaking the bank isn’t easy, but for shoe crazies, it’s worth it.
“The most expensive shoe I’ve bought was three hundred dollars,” Thomas said.
“My most expensive shoe was a pair of Jordan’s,” Michael said.
Okay, you want the shoes, now what? That’s the easy part; the next is making the purchase and only the lucky ones have a plug. The rest of us have to go through the extremes of camping out to wait for their release.
“I camped out for the Gammas, I didn’t even get the shoes,” Austin said. “It was raining and it was so cold.”
“Christian and I were in Stuggart. We had semester exams that day. Right after semester exams, we went and waited from five in the evening to nine in the morning- 14 hours. It was raining and cold,” Thomas said. “We were the first in line.”
Besides the extremes of camping out, sometimes (rarely), but possibly you must deal with others’ attempts to steal your glorious purchase, but hopefully they are futile.
“Someone had broken into Christian’s house that day and had stolen all of his shoes,” Thomas said. “He was able to get them right back because the person had them on in the neighborhood riding a bike.”
“I knew it was him because he had my beanie on,” Christian said.
Is this all to impress the cool kids, by parading around in the latest sneakers you grabbed? Not at all, true Sneakerheads only rock shoes of their choice. Buying shoes just because they’re popular is “dead.”