The Stash: @deadstocknyc

  • Air Jordan 11

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    Air Jordan XI "Concord"

    Can you remember the first sneaker you got that changed your approach to shoes? Where you went from wearing shoes casually to being a person who actually loves and collects them?

    @deadstocknyc: The shoe that changed it all was the Concord XI. I remember being in the gym in HS and saw a pair roll in…immediately needed them BUT back then it was back to school, birthday and that was it. So I picked up a pair of Columbias, very different then…you could walk into a mall grab them or 50. I stopped collecting sneakers in 2000 and got back into it around 2008 (was more into traveling and imports) but nostalgia hooked me again. In the past 7-8 years it’s ballooned to CRAZY levels.

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  • Nike Dunk High Premium SB

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    Nike Dunk High Premium SB "Diamond"

    How many pairs do you have? Do you have a favorite right now? If someone asked you to showcase one shoe from your collection, what would it be?

    @deadstocknyc: Down to about 80 from 400. My “man cave” was converted to a nursery and starting to get tired of boxes all over lol. My favorite is my JBC Future PEs, I had scheduled to attend the Jordan XX9 launch & my daughter ended up coming early that morning so I wasn’t able to attend all the events and those were a new father gift.

     

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  • Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour AJ3

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    Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour AJ3

    Where do you store everything?

    @deadstocknyc: Now I have Container Store boxes in my closet & bedroom, and some in storage.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Doernbecher

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    Air Jordan V Doernbecher

    What’s a sneaker and/or line in your collection that you feel gets overlooked/underappreciated by the masses?

    @deadstocknyc: The Zoom Revis was a shoe that I picked up at Nike Outlet and is probably one of the cleanest, most comfortable shoes — for the price of one Jordan retro you could have bought maybe five pairs of them in the outlets.

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    Hurley x Nike Air Max 90 “Phantom 4D”

    Have you had any crazy release day stories? 

    @deadstocknyc: Seems like every release now is crazy but in 2010 I waited outside for the Doernbecher 3 in 20-degree temperatures…it was my first and last time. Everyone on the line was super chill until about 20 minutes before midnight when a truckload of thugs pulled up and tried to strong arm the line. Luckily the manager knew who was there from when they left earlier in the day but that point was the beginning of craziness.

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  • Nike SFB Chukka AFE

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    Nike SFB Chukka AFE

    How have things like Instagram changed the sneaker industry over the past few years?

    @deadstocknyc: Instagram has offered kids a different outlet. I’m 35 and my generation had to wear the shoes to show them off…now that is not the case.

    There are a lot of people that have some very creative staging for the shoes (and some totally s***** ones) but it’s nice to see people putting effort into showcasing the shoes.
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    Nike Air Max 1

    What cool things has your love of sneakers enabled you to do?

    @deadstocknyc: I’ve gotten to play basketball with Chris Paul, get a tour from Carmelo Anthony, taken a limo to skate championships with Eric Koston as our bartender, watched people skate on a floating barge, get shoes for celebrities and sports figures….very insane the doors that sneakers have opened and still in shock.

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    Nike Air Tech Challenge II "US Open"

    What were the highlights of 2014 for you in terms of the sneaker industry and in your own collection?

    @deadstocknyc: 2014 was an odd year for footwear, felt like every week was a collaboration that everyone wanted. (But in 35 years never heard anyone talk about.)

    I was lucky to get the major shoes that I had on my list for the year with the exception of one or two, sometimes you need to remember there are people out there who operate their entire LIFE buying 5/10 shoes.
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  • Nike Air Yeezy collection

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    Nike Air Yeezy collection

    If you could map out the perfect sneaker year in 2015, what would that include for you? 

    @deadstocknyc: I’m sure everyone is focused on the Nike Mag, unfortunately this time around the market has witnessed the original “charity pair” jump 300-400 percent in pricing so I’m sure that will ruin the release. I’m excited for the remastered Jordan lineup and some special releases for All-Star Weekend.

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  • Nike Air Yeezy 2

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    Nike Air Yeezy 2
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  • Nike Air Yeezy 2

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    Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Red October"
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  • Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low

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    Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low "Masterpiece"
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  • Air Jordan 11
  • Nike Dunk High Premium SB "Diamond"
  • Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour AJ3
  • Air Jordan 5 Doernbecher
  • Nike SFB Chukka AFE
  • Nike Air Yeezy collection
  • Nike Air Yeezy 2
  • Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Red October"
  • Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low "Masterpiece"

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.

You can find sneakerheads anywhere. A Michael Jordan/Bulls fan in Detroit? Yep. A girl from Hawaii? Yep. An overseas cat? No doubt. But @deadstocknyc can match up with any of them.

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.

Follow Sean on Twitter at @seanesweeney

all images via @deadstocknyc