For as long as sneakers have been on shelves, professional athletes have been the driving force in marketing campaigns and as trendsetters. As the sneaker industry continues to explode, rappers have become major figures in the business and more and more MCs are getting endorsement deals. As the evolution of the tastemaker continues away from the playing field and into television and music, Hollywood is getting in on the act, too.
Instead of only capturing what actors and actresses are wearing on the red carpet, gossip mags and paparazzi are getting pics of celebs in their every day gear, from leaving the gym to hitting up Starbucks. The pics are proof that when big-time actors and actresses dress down, the rich and famous have similar taste to the everyday sneakerhead. I’m serious. Popular sneaker blogs aren’t only focusing on what ballplayers wear on game day; there are also posts dedicated to what popular, or rare, kicks a celeb might rock on a Tuesday afternoon, which in turn exposes the celeb to a whole new audience. (Just check out this year’s Golden Globes. Did you see what Jason Sudeikis was wearing with his suit? Yep, Concord Air Jordan XI Lows.)
Most celebs opt for high-end footwear instead of an Air Jordan but there is a population in the Hollywood Hills that flash a footwear collection that would make any regular sneaker buyer green with envy. Whether it’s through connections or the lavish lifestyle their careers afford, these celebs are always rocking heat.
While it would be easy to litter this list with artists like Bun B, Wale, and Fabolous–for some of the rap game’s biggest shoe heads, check this out–we tried to stick to Hollywood’s finest, actresses, actors, and the most famous people of Tinseltown.
Here is a list of Your Favorite Hollywood Celebrity Sneakerheads.
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