Everyone wants to be a sneakerhead, but not everyone knows what it takes.
Just ask longtime collector Chad Jones, better known to the Internet by his Instagram account, @sneaker_galactus. Jones says 2014 was really the first year where people started noticing him, where he went from underground sensation to mainstream sneaker celebrity. That makes sense. With nearly 5,000 followers on the ‘gram, and with dozens and dozens of incredible player exclusives, stuff you’ll never see anywhere else, Jones is the epitome of what you want to be.
Ever since he started this journey with the original White/Cement colorway of the Air Jordan III, Jones has been adding more and more to his collection. At this point, don’t even ask him to tell you how many he has. He doesn’t know anymore.
“I honestly stopped counting at 1,000 pairs,” Jones wrote via email, “because I’m always adding new pairs every week. Right now my favorite pair would be the Away Kevin Martin Air Jordan XX3 from his Sacramento Kings days. The black and purple colorway is just ridiculous!”
Jones is the latest Instagram celebrity to be featured in our ongoing series, The Stash. From @jumpmanbostic to @glackster to @lovetasha, the sneaker world is a diverse place. And it’s only going to grow in 2015.
We caught up with Jones recently to talk about his collection, what stands out about it and what he can’t wait for now that 2015 is underway. The following is in his own words, with a look at some of the greatest and rarest sneakers in his collection. You can try all you want to get on this level but chances are you’ll never get there. This is next-level stuff.
Follow Sean on Twitter at @seanesweeney
all images via @sneaker_galactus
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