Growing up, my siblings were all into sneakers, so I always say it was bound for me to become a sneakerhead.
However, the first shoe that really started my collection was the Space Jam 11 from 2009.
Oh man, lol. I still remember the moment of the 2011 Jordan 11 Concord release. I camped out overnight with my siblings, and it was INSANE.
The Footlocker we camped out at got so crazy with the fights and such, I didn't get my pair from there. We drove all around downtown Brooklyn, and I found my size in Jimmy Jazz.
That release traumatized me lowkey, lol, but I'm so glad I can say, "I was there and a part of history!"
The feeling is so refreshing, yet nerve-wracking, lol. I'm kind of the type of person to have certain shoes DS for many years because I don't want to mess them up.
I've gotten better at wearing my shoes over the years, though.
I'd love to see a Key Lee x Vans collaboration one day ;)
So my top three brands are Nike, Jordan Brand, and Vans.
Nike/Jordan Brand is home. It's where most of us started this love and passion, but Vans come in because I do have an alternative style, and I get to embrace that.
I always tell people that if I had one shoe to describe me fully, it'd be the Sk8-Hi!
As a person in the LGBTQIA+ community, representation matters. People's stories matter, so I'm always happy when the Pride Month shoes come out.
It's a way to further express who I am, and what I represent in the world. We have come a long way, and still have more ways to go.
From my understanding, a lot of brands do give back. Creating safe spaces for people is just as important as selling a product.
If there's anything more they can do, I would like to see more LGBTQIA+ black representation, especially among men.
I would love to see a shoe dedicated to Marsha P. Johnson. She was a part of the Stonewall riot that happened in NYC in 1969. That was the beginning of activism for the community.
My holy grail sneakers would be the Jordan 4 Doernbecher.
I love Doernbecher shoes in general, but that shoe speaks to me on a different level.
Humm, I don't have much.
But, the first thing that came to mind was the Michael Jackson Game "Moonwalker" for the Sega Genesis.
I'm a huge MJ fan, and that was gifted to me a couple of years ago for my birthday in perfect condition.