In 2002, Jennifer Lopez in collaboration with members of The Lox, released an infectious song called Jenny From The Block.
Through J.Lo’s R&B song, she self-reflects on her desire to stay humble and be true to her roots, while balancing mega super stardom in the music and fashion industry.
In the sneaker industry, sneakerheads often have an insatiable appetite for acquiring new kicks. One purchase almost always segues into another resulting in a collection of kicks, which in the eyes of the average sneaker consumer (i.e. department store purchasers of Sketchers and Rockports etc.), is almost unfathomable.
A couple of months ago, I made a conscious effort to complete one cycle through my sneaker collection and wear a different pair of sneakers each day. Bruce Willis as a Die Hard sneakerhead would rock it and not stock it too. At one point, I wore a different pair of kicks to work for an entire month. I also had fresh kicks for the weekends too. For the hardcore sneakerhead, this might seem like something they might do on the regular, or something they might even feel proud of. But for myself, this was kind of an eye-opening experience, a sneaker epiphany if you will.
How many kicks does one sneakerhead need?
How many pairs are too many pairs?
How do non-sneakerheads perceive our sneaker purchasing habits?
While I don’t really concern myself with what others think, I do see validity in the question, how many kicks does one sneakerhead need?
And to be honest, it’s a question that’s worth thinking about.
This is the pair of Nikes I was wearing when my co-worker asked me how many pairs of sneakers I had. I actually replied to my co-worker that I didn’t know how many pairs of sneakers I had. And to this day, I still haven’t bothered to count them.
NikeLab Riccardo Tisci Dunk Lux Chukka with some fancy Nancy leather Laced Up Laces.
While I haven’t paused long enough to stop the cop, something inside of me is telling me the sneaker end is drawing near. In the meantime, before the sneaker-apocalypse hits, I leave you with the sneakerhead’s remix to Jenny From The Block.
Don’t be fooled by the sneaks that I got,
I’m still, I’m still Kevie from the block.
Used to have a little, now I have a lot,
No matter where I go, I know where I came from.