20 People Who Are Spending Way More Money On Sneakers Than You

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The sneaker fanatics at NYC’s SneakerCon reveal their shoe addictions.

1. Gerry

Gerry

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What shoes are you wearing? Yeezy One Blinks

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Four hours.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? Just everything. The culture.

2. Iliana and Gabrielle

Iliana and Gabrielle

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Gabrielle:What shoes are you wearing? Yeezy Foams.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? 24 hours.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I’ve been collecting since I was little.

3. Joshua, 25

Joshua, 25

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What shoes are you wearing? Adidas slides.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Just an hour and a half, because I’m always there early.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? It didn’t start with me, it started with my dad.

4. Christian, 23

Christian, 23

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What shoes are you wearing? Fling 9s.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Five hours, but I usually don’t deal with that.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? It keeps me occupied.

(And yes, that is a banana iPhone case.)

5. Waffle, 22

Waffle, 22

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What shoes are you wearing? Air Jordan Midnight Ones.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Four hours.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? Sneakers give you a profound hope of greatness. I had low self-esteem when I was younger, and these are so beautiful. They really changed my life.

6. Joshua, 19

Joshua, 19

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What shoes are you wearing? Carolina Foamposites.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? I’m not waiting in line!

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I love sneakers.

7. Doni, 24

Doni, 24

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What shoes are you wearing? Nike Flyknit Lunars.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? I’ve never waited in line, though I wish I waited for the APC Nike Blazers.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I love that you can wear a sneaker with just about everything and it can dress something up or dress it down.

8. Rome The Prophet, 20

Rome The Prophet, 20

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What shoes are you wearing? Yeezy Red Octobers.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? I don’t wait in line.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? It’s all about the love.

9. Kiante, 20

Kiante, 20

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What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Two hours.

10. Jordan, 27

Jordan, 27

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What shoes are you wearing? Nike Inera Wovens in Wolf Gray.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? I’ve never waited — I’ll pay over retail not to wait.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I love how it’s both so individual but also so repetitive. You can see the same thing over and over again. It’s cool that everyone has their favorite.

11. Andrew, 25

Andrew, 25

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What shoes are you wearing? Nike Flyknit Racers.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? I’ve never waited.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I love the hustle. I love the fetishization of shoes. It seems like it’s a not very manly thing, you know — not that I believe in gender norms. It’s just very interesting that guys are obsessed with sneakers.

12. Lisa, 20, and Anthony, 20

Lisa, 20, and Anthony, 20

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ED NOTE: When Anthony revealed that he’d spent $400 on a pair of shoes, Lisa got mad at him, and that was the end of the interview.

13. Ray, 12

Ray, 12

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What shoes are you wearing? Jordan 5 Metallics. They came out in 2006 [ED NOTE: When Ray was 4!].

How long have you been collecting? A year and a half.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I love how passionate people are about it, and how it’s not really a common thing.

14. Soni, 23

Soni, 23

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What shoes are you wearing? Doernbecher 4s.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Four or five hours.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? Everything.

15. Tito, 19

Tito, 19

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What shoes are you wearing? Ninja Turtle Custom Roshe Run.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Two full days.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I’ve been in the game for a long time. I love the way they put it together — the architecture and design of the sneaker.

16. Paul and Zaiden

Paul and Zaiden

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What shoes are you wearing? Paul: Battleground Posits. Zaiden: Air Jordan IIs.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? The variety.

17. Niilo, 19

Niilo, 19

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What shoes are you wearing? Nike Lunar Flashes.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Six hours.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I like style and fashion. And I’m really into how I look.

18. Nancy, 20

Nancy, 20

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What shoes are you wearing? Air Jordan Ones

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? I’ve never waited.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? I love how it can express who you are just by wearing something. It’s fashion.

19. Matisse, 19

Matisse, 19

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What shoes are you wearing? Sport Red Roshe Runs.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? I don’t bother. I always order mine online.

What is it that you love about sneaker culture? There’s just something great about it.

20. Mikal, 18

Mikal, 18

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What shoes are you wearing? Orange Leopard Roshe Runs.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line for a shoe? Overnight.

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