The sneaker community is an interesting place. Because of the rise of the Internet and the growth of social media apps like Instagram, the game has changed. Back in the day, each area of the country might of had its own unique sense of style or swagger, and the people involved might’ve been limited to street cats who loved basketball. But now? In 2015? The culture is everywhere and there are no limits. A female in Europe can floss and influence just as much as a Jordan head in Detroit can. And sometimes regular Joes can grow to be even more important to the culture than some professional athletes.
While that new popularity has often bred posers and hypebeasts in record numbers, I’m also seeing a slight changing of the guard recently as well. Air Jordans are still probably the country’s most hyped silhouettes but more and more cats are coming up ready to break the trend. Some of that, I’m sure, stems from the obvious fact that Michael Jordan has been retired for nearly 15 years. However, the rise of younger, creative brands has to also play a role.
If you need an example, check out @gtfan712’s Instagram page. While posting nearly 1,500 times, with pretty much all of them associated with sneakers, this sneakerhead has racked up close to 12,000 followers. His taste? Eccentric. He runs against the tide.
There are sneakerheads all over the country who are constantly looking to separate themselves from the competition. This cat does all of that and then some. Check out @gtfan712’s sneaker stash.
Follow Sean on Twitter at @seanesweeney
all images via @gtfan712