Mike Salzano might be a few of your friends’ idol and they might not even know it. Thus is the world in 2015, where having a fantastic Instagram page with hundreds of pictures of some of the industry’s most limited sneakers will draw legions of followers and admiring fans — nearly 8,000 in this case.
Salzano, the man behind the @deadstocknyc account, knows a thing or two about shoes. He’s played ball with Chris Paul because of this hobby. He’s chilled with Carmelo Anthony because of this hobby. He’s lacing his daughter with kicks because of this hobby. And even though he semi-quit this hobby back in 2000, he still has more heat in his closest than you’ll probably ever have in your lifetime.
A lot has changed for sneakerheads since the turn of the century, and @deadstocknyc says he’s noticed a significant difference just in the past few years. But at 35 years old and shoulder-deep in the game, Salzano still doesn’t have to do much to make the fiends jealous. All he has to do is open his closet.
We recently caught up with @deadstocknyc to talk about his collection. What follows is a look, in his own words and images, into what it’s like owning some of the industry’s most treasured sneakers. In the latest edition of The Stash, here is @deadstocknyc’s story.
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all images via @deadstocknyc