@Elitekicks_ wasn’t always a sneaker influencer. He didn’t always sport thousands of social media followers, or an entire contingent of fans waiting patiently on his next YouTube sneaker review, where he is about to reaching 45,000 subscribers.
At one point, he was just a kid like anyone else, growing up in Beaufort, South Carolina, wanting to be like his cousins.
“I use to see my older cousins have a lot of cool shoes like Air Max 95s, Jordans, and Air Force 1s,” he says, “and I told myself one day I’m going to have a lot of kicks like them.”
The 28-year-old ended up with all of that and then some. The curator behind the @Layne_Jackson_FLP Instagram handle (as well as @Elitekicks_) says that even after downsizing his ridiculous shoe collection, he stills has around 70 pairs of kicks. Among those, you can always expect to find at least three pairs of the “Bred” Air Jordan IV, a sneaker worn by Michael Jordan during a few of his most iconic moments. It’s @Elitekicks_’s favorite silhouette, a must-cop whenever it drops. One of his other favorites is the Nike LeBron X “Championship Pack,” a double-dose of one of LeBron‘s greatest signatures and the sneaker the King wore when he won his second championship with the Miami Heat.
A sneaker’s history plays an important part for everyone. From @Jumpmanbostic loving the Air Jordan VIII because of Jordan’s singular greatness in the 1993 NBA Finals to @Jefferrrson’s memory of the first time he ever opened a box of Kobe Bryant’s signature sneakers, it’s the memories that elevate sneakers from merely shoes to something more.
@Elitekicks_, who recently moved to North Bergen, New Jersey, has come a long way from where he began, and he’s hoping 2016 keeps him invested in the game as always. Hear more from him in the latest edition of The Stash.
image via @Elitekicks_