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Basketball Enthusiast Michael Fritsche


Tessa Yan
April 12, 2022

Michael Fritsche @_.nikemike is both a sneaker and basketball lover. His passion for sneakers was actually triggered by basketball, specifically with the Jordan 3 White Cement 88 OG – which Michael Jordan was wearing at the time.

What was the moment you first got drawn to sneakers, and which pair of sneakers triggered your passion?

I was born in the late 80ties and far as I can remember Michael Jordan was always hype as a basketball player and known for his shoes. My room was full of MJ Posters and I loved all the shoes he was wearing but the one pair which triggered me the most was the Jordan 3 White Cement 88 OG!

What’s one moment or trend in the history of sneaker culture that resonates with you?

I actually played basketball in my Highschool days and I loved to rock Jordans beside other brands such as Reebok which were from Allen Iverson or Uptempos from Scottie Pippen and also Converse from Dennis Rodman. So I think this was the moment I most got involved with J‘s because everyone who played rocked a retro Model. At that time my favorite Jordan I played in was the 13 Bred!

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Please describe how it feels to you when you get and wear a new pair of kicks?

It feels like heaven - the moment when you open the box and take a deep breath and inhale the smell of a new pair is completely insane love it! And what is more satisfying than rocking a new pair every day? When I hit the streets I’ll feel like having a Lamborghini or Ferrari on my feet - all eyes on me - my feet! I’ll do shoe contact, not eye contact.

What are some of your favorite creators/designers or brands and why?

One of my fav designers was Virgil - RIP! I loved the way he did the designs how he gave the J‘s a new fresh look and how he used the material. He took a retro that was not hyped at all and brought it back into the spotlight- everything he touched sold out immediately and was gold!

What is one sneaker collaboration that doesn’t exist, but you wish/think should exist?

If I would be honest my own one! Jumpman23 X nikeMIKE.

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What are some of the current pairs of sneakers in your rotation?

If I’ll be honest with you my rotation is a 2-3 months rotation I’ll try to rock all my over 100 pairs - sometimes I switch 2 to 3 times a day to wear them all :) but my favorite pairs are Jordan 1-3-4 and 11

What is your ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not managed to acquire so far?

It is the Jordan 5 Tokio from 2011 - At the moment they are up to 8K in my size right now which is a US9.5.

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Other than kicks, what are some of your daily essentials or treasured items?

Actually, it’s all about SNKRS to be honest laces Snkr Balls and cleaning stuff and shoe trees.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @_.nikemike

Tessa is a sneaker enthusiast, social media maven, and Marketing Manager at Ox Street. She is also a sushi expert having explored over 130+ sushi restaurants worldwide. You can see her sushi obsession on IG @sushimastertessa