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I am a sneakerhead

I am a sneakerhead episode 13 - @Andybrett77

I’m Andy a 37 year old ‘sneaker’ collector/lover/addict from Staffordshire, UK.

The whole ‘sneaker’ addiction thing has only really hit me in the last 2-3 years, as a collector (more than 5/6 pairs) anyway. Yes I’m 37 and obviously had lots of decent shoes in the past and always liked my clothes and fashion growing up through my teens - looking back now and thinking about some of the shoes I’ve had, I’ve had some good pairs, from the early AM1’s, various Adidas and lots of Presto and Huarache - back in 2000 I think it was, I got the USA Presto from a shop in Nottingham and loved them, they seemed so different and unique - they were amazing and am really looking forward to them re-releasing this summer, apparently!

Being a 37 year old that has a wife, mortgage, 2 kids and 3 cats, I have to be careful and respectful on what I buy and how much I spend, I’m not one of these that spend silly amounts on a single pair and do set myself a limit to the amount I’ll spend on any one pair - and try not to go over that. Shoes are important to me and I like getting the latest collabs, but family and financial security is far more important - we should all remember that! They are only shoes and there is always another amazing pair around the corner - that’s what I always try to tell myself - not that it always works lol.

I’m a graphic designer so it’s great because that means my daily uniform is jeans, t-shirts/sweatshirts and trainers, this enables me to wear pairs rather than them sitting in my cupboard and only being on my feet at weekends - this helps me justify the spending a bit more too. Being a ‘‘creative type’ I see the design side put into designing the shoes and the concepts and stories shops come up with for a collab make it a far more interesting and relevant interest.

So, on to my collection. I’m not really a one brand man, I do lean towards Asics, but do have plenty of NB, Adidas, Nike, Reebok and Puma - all my shoes are runners as I find these the most comfortable for everyday wear and I personally think these look better on foot too. Favourite pair would have to be my Dirty Bucks, such a great shoe that has that slightly unique look with the brick red sole and they go with anything as well, also looking slightly dressy compared to a lot of shoes, the materials aren’t too bad either - thinking as I write this piece, I’d say the GL3 is possibly my favourite model of shoe too and would like to aquire a few more for the collection during 2016. But I will be going a little easier this year and will only pick up shoes I really really like.

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