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Michael Patrick Raymaro Fritsche - Austrian Digital Creator Interview


Hapsari Listya
November 10, 2022

Growing up with many friends who play basketball made Michael @_nikemike, love rocking his Jordans. Virgil was one of his favourite designers because all of his designs are gold and gave Jordans a new fresh look!

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

I was born in the late 80s, and as far as I can remember, Michael Jordan was always hyped as a basketball player known for his shoes. My room was full of MJ Posters, and I loved all his shoes. 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 played basketball in my high school days, and I loved to rock Jordans beside other brands such as Reebok, which were from Allen Iverson or Uptempos from Scottie Pippen, and Converse from Dennis Rodman. This was the moment I got involved with Jordans cause everyone who played rocked a retro Model.

At that time, my favorite Jordan I played in was the 13 Bred!

All images via _.nikemike

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

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

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

One of my fave designers was Virgil - RIP. I loved the way he did the designs, gave the J's a new fresh look, and 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 were honest, it would be my pair - Jumpman23 x nikeMIKE. 

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

I honestly rock two to three months rotation with my over 100 pairs - sometimes I switch multiple 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 Tokyo from 2011 - currently, they are up to 8K in my size, which is a US9.5.

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

Actually, it's all about shoes, from laces, sneaker balls, and cleaning stuff, to shoe trees. 

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: _.nikemike

Facebook: Michael Patrick Raymaro Fritsche

An ailurophile who loves bake cookies and listen to indie music!