The sneaker community probably has one of the most diverse communities. The wide range ofpeople that love sneakers (sneakerheads) includes all ages, skin color, and economic class. From my own experiences, it has been a delight to see people of different backgrounds come together in camp lines or sneaker (buy/sell/trade) shows. The love of sneakers brings us together -- if not for that love some may never have met. This passion has created friendships and broken perceptions of people. The face to face engagement of people from different cultures, for example creates growth within the individuals. There's also a business aspect to allof this. Due to the huge secondary market for sneakers, it has created more young entrepreneurs recently -- just as the tech surge did in the 90's. Since the collapse of our economy in 2008, people have been forced to find different ways to make money. Now our youth havelatched on and found new ways to be productive, innovate, creative -- whilemaking money. The sneaker culture will be in good hands.
We can't get our sneakers for retail! Why? Resellers! Resellers have forever changed the game. Because of all the hype beasts, resellers prey on the weak to sell sneakers at an elevated price -- to those that don't know any better, or to those that have plenty of cash or a combination of both. Either way it's more difficult for us to purchase sneakers we love. Now... I'm not crucifying anyone who trying to make money especially when there's a market for it. But the days of just waking in and buying Air Jordan's for example are over.
With brands limiting highly sought after sneakers, it creates mass hysteria in the sneaker community.Unfortunately, in the chaos people get into fights, robbed-- or even lose their lives over a pair of sneakers. This is the most ignorant, disgusting act someone could do. To take a life over a pair of sneaker just blows my mind. Are you that hungry forrecognition that you're willing to rob someone of everything? To anyone out there reading this and you are willing to fight, steal or kill over sneaker. You need to go to work, save, and wait in line or cop from a reseller just like the rest of us.
Sneaker culture today definitely has good, bad -- and even ugly aspects. But, by far, the good outweighs the bad. What are your thoughts on sneaker culture?