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Artists and their worlds are hard to keep up with and stay abreast of.

Young people and their worlds are hard to keep up with and stay abreast of.

Did we stutter?

Maybe, because today trying to keep up with young artists seems impossible.

Something is always trending that you have absolutely never heard about but is all the rave across the creative world.

Can someone tell us what a Sneakerhead is?

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A sneakerhead is a person who collects, trades, or admires sneakers as a hobby.

A sneakerhead may also be highly experienced in distinguishing between real and replica sneakers. Sneaker collecting is a hobby often manifested by the use and collection of shoes made for particular sports, particularly basketball and skateboarding.

The birth of sneakerhead culture in the United States came in the 1980s and can be attributed to two major sources: basketball, specifically the emergence of Michael Jordan and his eponymous Air Jordan line of shoes released in 1985, and the growth of hip hop music.

The boom of signature basketball shoes during this era provided the sheer variety necessary for a collecting subculture, while the hip-hop movement gave the sneakers their street credibility as status symbols.

The sneakerhead culture has emerged in the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic in the last decade.

Wow. Did not know that.

I’m about to stutter again. Since the 1980s? Really?

It seems this writer actually met a sneakerhead without knowing it.

One day I was hanging out with a young caregiver of one of my older relatives and he began to tell me about the sneakers that he was wearing, how meticulously he took care of them, rarely wore them and planned to sell them at a higher price since the market went up.

I thought, say whaaaaaaaaat?

First of all, someone would actually buy someone’s used sneakers?

A fur coat I could understand. Some expensive diamonds as well, but tennis shoes?

Once you watch some of the sneakerhead videos online some light does shine on this creative sub-culture.

Check this out while it lasts.

Sneakerheads Get Custom Designed Sneakers

What I found very revealing and surprising is how many celebrities are into this sneakerhead party.

According to the store owner, one of his clients is Tom Cruise who purchased twelve pairs.

What is fun to watch and listen to is how many girls are customizing their sneakers as well.

It’s far more expansive than I thought. Look at the title of this article.

50 Female Sneakerheads to Follow on Instagram

Fifty, count ‘em fifty?

Well we have been enlightened but to follow this whole young artistic thing, we need help and we found just the right visiting speaker to break this whole sneakerhead thing down for us.

Sneakerhead Classification Guide: Name Your Passion

By Kai Youngblood

Sneakerheads are to shoes as chocoholics are to chocolate. We gobble them up like candy. But not all sneakerheads are alike. Just like some munchers are all about the milk chocolate while others go for the dark, sneakerheads each have their own individual tastes. Still, they band together. Often banded for the brand so to speak. They may want to be like Mike with their Jordans. Or they might be all about the Nike Dunk.

Are you a sneakerhead? Or do you have sneakerhead friends? Just want to be able to identify sneakerheads you encounter in their natural habitats? Learn the secrets of Sneakerheadology.

What Kind of Sneakerhead are You?[adToAppearHere]

As an expert Sneakerheadologist, I’m happy to help you classify your manic disorder or learn to read the signs in others. Jump into the world of sneakerheads and their manifest forms via the four main types below.

By the way, if you see yourself in one of the descriptions below, here’s some advice. Since science has found no cure, I prescribe a heavy dose of buy, buy, buy. It’s always worked for me, and I get so many compliments on my footwear that I must be doing something right.

Sneakerhead Type 1: Hip Hop Couture Sneakerhead[adToAppearHere]

The Hip Hop Couture sneakerhead is a man (or woman) in tune with the beat of the street. These sneakerheads have history. There’s probably no fashion item more closely linked to any music genre.

Sneakers and hip hop have heritage together. Some of the historical favorites? Adidas and Air Jordans. Back in the 80s, Run DMC were kicking Adidas hardcore and even dedicated a song to them, 1986’s hit ‘My Adidas.’ Another monumental sneakerhead event of the 80s: Nike revolutionized footwear with the Air Jordans.

Since then tons of stars have gotten in on the sneakerhead game, launching their own lines of streetwear, complete with freaky kicks. The limited edition masterpieces can go for hundreds or thousands of dollars. The most sought-after Wu Tang Dunk Hi’s have gone for as high as $7500. For us mere mortals, you can find some hot Nike Dunks starting from about one-hundreth of that price.

Sneakerhead Type 2: Performance Junkie Sneakerhead[adToAppearHere]

The Performance Junkie is the hypothetical target market for sneakers. They might not be the core market anymore – even if the sneaker companies pretend like they are sometimes – but they are still key to the sneaker business.

Athletes are probably the purest breed of sneakerhead. The Performance Junkie constantly scours the horizon for the next big thing in his sport of choice.

Imagine what the world was like pre-rubber-sole. Now think about the performance engineering of today. We’ve got sneaker labs. Sneakers get the attention that goes into developing a jet engine. Scientists and engineers are constantly searching for that extra inch to the jump, the extra feet in the sprint, more grip, easier pivot, a lightness of being.

Sneakerhead Type 3: Urban Legend Sneakerhead

Sneakerheads cosmopolitan. Many Urban Legends hit the pavements in the cities of the world. Even if they’re not dwelling in the Big City, they’ve got the Big City mindset.

What’s on the feet of these sneakerheads? Alexander McQueen, Diesel, Dsquared2, plus all the small labels that are big on style. Sometimes Urban Legends go for the sneaker specialists, and sometimes they opt for the sneaker lines of top fashion designers. Either way, the Urban Legend is a connoisseur of design. He’s fashionably manly from head to toe, with a hawk eye for foot fashion.

The Urban Legend sneakerhead can talk about sneakers with the passion of an art critic. And he may be willing to pay top dollar for a true work of art. That comes in a box of course.

Sneakerhead Type 4: Joe Friday Sneakerhead

Joe Friday is a sneakerhead by default. He’s the normal, everyday man’s man, and real men wear sneakers.

Maybe he likes to watch sports or he’s got a game of his own that he still plays from time to time, but he’s not competing for titles. He doesn’t need the professional edge to his game that the Performance Junkie absolutely requires.

Joe Friday might not recognize many of the brands loved by the Urban Legend. Yamamoto what? And he might not have a clue who a hip hop star is if he sees one, much less which brand of shoes they’ve had custom made. But he feels at his best in t-shirt, jeans, and his favorite pair of sneakers.

The Joe Friday sneakerhead doesn’t really care about fashion or engineering, but he appreciates a good solid sneaker. Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Asics, Puma, Adidas, etc. He’s a fan of the simple sneaker basics.

Getting Classy

So did you figure out your class of sneakerhead? Run with your flock or carve out a sneakerhead niche all your own. We have so many choices of sneakers today that the world is your proverbial oyster. Slurp it up.

Looking for more sneakerhead intelligence or want to explore your own passion for sneakers? Visit Sneakoholic – Sneakerhead Central.

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