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I am a sneakerhead

I am a sneakerhead episode 143 - @Hauptstadttreter

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My name is Nick and I am now 31 years old. I was born in wonderful Berlin where I still live now. Nobody can get me out of here. :)

After my studies, I started as a sales manager in a large company. I am still here too.

How did I get into sneakers? That's a question I can not even answer. I always had a lot of sneakers. I remember the first pair I ever bought was the Air Max 94 Classic Bw. That was when I was 14 years old and I saved my Money a whole year (unsubscribing from newspapers)

I have been "true" collecting for 7-8 years now I would say. When I first started out, I bought everything I could get my hands on. Then came the day I tried on my first pair of Asics Gel Lyte III and it immediately stopped buying other silhouettes - I just knew I had to stick to Asics. Ever since that day, I have only bought either Gel Lyte III's or Gel Sights. 

In my prime time of collecting, I had nearly 120 pairs of Asics. Today I have cut my collection to about half of that. I am obligated to wear suits while I am at work, so it is only in the weekends I have the opportunity to bring out my gems. This also means most of collection is still in a very mint condition.  

My favorite pair of shoes is the Overkill x Asics Gel Sight "Desert Rose", which I rank higher than my Super Greens, Salmon Toes, Flamingos and even the Dolphins. The reason for my choice might be because Overkill is my favorite shop. I have seen shops all across the world, and none of them can compete with Overkill in terms of the events they are hosting, their crew and of course their collaborations. 

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How do I feel about reselling? Well everyone does it, but nobody wants to admit it. I have even sold a few pairs myself, to be able to afford some of my all time grails. But in the end that's just dumb. 

I believe the reselling have had its prime, something that is clearly seen with releases such as the past few Yeezy 350's. 

What really bothers me are the way companies are releasing shoes with people lining up outside of shops for days. If I want a pair of shoes (and don't want to end up paying way to much in resell) I have to be there myself. I think these limited releases creates attention for a release, and hyping the shoes up for people who may not have heard of them yet. 

Everyone wants to be different from the community / society, yet every second kid wears Off White x Nikes. 

I have a deal with my wife, when a new couple comes in an old pair has to go. So my collection will always stay at about 50 pairs. But turning 31 means I might not be as hunger for releases in the next 5-10 years. 

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When I think about how much time I have invested in looking for my ultimate grail over the past few years, I really considered leaving the sneaker community when I finally had it in hand. 

I am of course talking about the Colette x Lamjc x Asics Gel Lyte III "Sold Out". I kept them save and hidden from everyone, in my apartment for more than a year. Why? I can't even tell you myself...

Then I ended up selling it, a decision I regret every day.

Oliver Berg