Try Something New
My boy collect sneakers.
I take that back. My boy collects Jordans. As crazy as his collection is, here’s the thing: you can’t limit yourself. Just like anything else, you have to branch out and try new things. If you grew up wearing LeBrons because the new Cavalier was your favorite player, then try the D-Rose line. If you only mess with high-end fashion brands, starting wearing some New Balance. Or if you’re like DeRozan, go out with some navy blue Chuck Taylors. It doesn’t get more classic than that. But if you’re on the West Coast, you probably already knew that, right?
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Always Stay Fresh
As they say, you never know who’s watching. You never know when your spot will be challenged. As a sneakerhead, you can’t be going out before putting some thought behind your gear. That starts with the sneakers. If you’re DeRozan, you can’t even hit summer league unless you have on a fresh pair of kicks. In fact, the Drew League is the epicenter for summer sneakers. The Jordan XIV is just enough to get by.
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There’s a revolution going on in Toronto and it has nothing to do with the Raptors returning to the playoffs this spring. It has everything to do with Toronto’s unofficial title as the NBA’s sneaker capital. Using their inherent colorway advantage — they can get away with virtually any pair of OG Jordans — the Raptors vaulted to the sneaker pinnacle over the last few years behind names like Amir Johnson, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan, then lapped the competition by trading for shoe fiend, Rudy Gay. Gay might be gone now, but like a well-oiled machine, the squad keeps plugging new faces into the holes.
At the center of the storm is the team’s lone All-Star, DeRozan. Mr. Compton turned 25 years old today, and to celebrate, we’re going to take you to school. Still wondering how to become a sneakerhead? Let DeMar show you what you need.
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