As a basketball player who started as young as 9, it was my love for the sport and the necessity that drew me to sneakers. Being a 16-year-old student, I do not have the means to buy my own pairs. It was through the generosity of my family, particularly Uncle Kenny, who would make me choose a sneaker online, where I would research its specs and history, year on year, and have it delivered to my doorstep.
My first legit basketball pair was a gifted KD 8 USA. It gave me a different playing experience, as if my feet were saying,
"There's no turning back; these toes will wear good quality, branded kicks."
It was the world launch of the TITAN x Nike LeBron 19 Low ‘Beyond the Seas’, where they collaborated with 22 youth hoopers, myself included, to first lace up the white and gold LeBron’s.
Having a new pair feels like I made the buzzer-beater shot, inspiring me to take my game to the next level. It also hypes me as if I cannot sleep without it, as if it were a teddy bear.
Nike, Jordan, and Titan are my favorite brands because they produce quality merch backed up by science and history.
Nike collaborated with Disney or Pixar to produce an animated sneaker film, where NBA stars would voice over talking sneakers, teaching people the values of sneaker care to further stimulate people's passion for kicks, which I believe would rock the sports community.
The Air Jordan 11 Retro Midnight Navy, Lebron 19 Low 'Beyond the Seas', Lebron 17 Low Tunes Squad, Jordan Zion 2 Hope Diamond, and Air Force 1's are the pairs in my sneaker rotation.
My holy grail is to be able to wear a sneaker that I personally designed in collaboration with a big brand.
At the moment, none yet. But, I would like to collect workout gadgets and equipment to be able to put up a home gym.