The Stash: @jefferrrson

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    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? 

    It was back in January, 2009, when I first purchased the Nike Zoom Kobe IV “Carpe Diem.” I still remember it like it was yesterday. I walked in, bought the sneakers, came to my car, and took them out of the box one last time before leaving the parking lot. At that moment, I fell in love. Sounds cliché and corny, but it’s what got me from a couple of basic sneakers, to a closet full of sneakers.

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    How many pairs do you have and where do you store everything?

    I honestly stopped counting at 70. I used to have more, but over the years I let go of some and then of course, bought some more. So right now, I guess I’m between 70 to 85 pairs or so. I store my shoes in three different places: my closet, garage, and my bonus room in my house. I have the majority in the garage and my closet.

    As far as my favorite sneaker, it would have to be a tie between the Air Jordan Concord XI and the Zoom Kobe V “Chaos.”

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    What’s the sneaker culture like from where you’re from?

    The sneaker culture in San Diego is chill from what I hear compared to elsewhere.  I mean, when you think about San Diego, sneakers aren’t usually the first thing to come to mind. Since I first started in 2009, several consignment and Mom & Pop businesses opened up, giving sneaker enthusiasts more opportunities to cop what they want. There was never a consignment shop here in San Diego years ago, so those stores are definitely much needed in SD.

    As far as what is popular, it used to be all about Nike SB and obviously Air Jordan Retros. Then as Nike basketball grew in popularity with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James, San Diego sort of shifted towards that as far as what I noticed through my friends and their friends.

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    What are the most popular shoes among the community in your region right now?

    Right now, I would say Retros and Nike Basketball are the popular brands. I pay a lot of attention to performance basketball and Under Armour is doing such a great job right now with their star, Stephen Curry. I’ve noticed over the years that a lot more kids are becoming involved in the sport of basketball, and a lot of youth look up to Curry. The same way I idolized Kobe and T-Mac growing up, is the same way these kids look up to Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.

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

    I have a thing for canvas sneakers. Not sure why, but I really dig the Air Jordan Retro I AJKO. It’s one of those shoes that don’t have a lot of hype and attention. I really dig that sneaker for it’s silhouette and the canvas upper. Only bad part of it is the maintenance.  If you get dirt, ketchup, or any type of stain on it, it’s going to be a mission to get out.

    Another sneaker that I love is the Zoom Kobe III. Possibly regarded as the worst-looking Kobe out of the line, however, I adore it. It was the shoe that Kobe Bryant wore during his MVP season and also his loss to the Celtics back in 2007-2008. It is also a great sneaker to hoop in, but not too many people know that as most look to the Kobe IV, V, and the more recent models, 8, 9, and X.

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    Have you had any crazy release day stories? 

    I’ve only camped out about a handful of times, mainly for December releases. My first real campout was for the 2009 Air Jordan Space Jams and it was actually an awesome experience. I met some good people and realized how serious the shoe game was. Then the game-changer, the Air Jordan Concord XI launch back in 2011. This was when hundreds of people camped out at my local mall, and I was lucky enough to grab two pairs that day. As soon as the clock hit 5:00 a.m., the security opened the doors and everyone mobbed in the mall. Most of the people went inside and made a left turn towards one store, while my buddies and I made a right towards a different one. Nobody really knew that this store was releasing them so they got confused why I made a right turn. That’s why it’s important to do your homework prior to a major release.

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

    It’s quite funny how props and sneakers go hand in hand. At first it was the days of NikeTalk and ISS, and now we got Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All these social media outlets have given the industry a whole new dynamic in terms of sharing and advertising sneakers. With Instagram, you can instantly share what you’re wearing that day. It’s definitely a positive thing for the industry and community as it allows people like me to share our love for the game in a simple and easy way.

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

    Well for one, get me this feature here on Champs Sports. Haha. No, but making videos on YouTube (since 2009) has opened up so many doors for me. Being able to work with blogs and meet people is quite a blessing. Never did I expect the exposure I get through YouTube so I’m thankful each day for that.

    The best part for me, in all honesty, is when I get comments from people on how I helped them purchase a particular shoe. Or that how much I inspired them to purchase a sneaker through performance reviews. That alone is why I do what I do. It’s all love.

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    What’s the hardest part of this hobby/maintaining your collection?

    Money. Definitely money. Buying sneakers isn’t cheap and over the years, I have realized that we aren’t going to bring these kicks with us up above when it’s our time. That’s why I slowed down over the years and pretty much wore all my sneakers (except for my doubles).

    Another hard part is telling yourself to pass on releases that you really want in order to save money. Can’t have it all.

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    If you could map out the perfect sneaker year in 2015 and into 2016, what would that include for you?

    For me, if they could just retro the Nike Zoom Kobe IV again, I would be ecstatic. Probably won’t happen for another decade, but it would be great.

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Kobe Bryant isn’t Michael Jordan. I think we know that. And while there are still legitimate arguments to be made about their individual skills, the relevant fact in this instance is that Kobe Bryant’s sneaker legacy has no chance of ever touching Mike’s. Jordan has three or four different silhouettes that are consistently included among the greatest basketball sneakers ever whereas the Mamba’s Nike sigs often came up just short. Jordan birthed much of what the shoe game is all about nowadays. Without Jordan, sneaker blogs aren’t the same, Instagram isn’t the same, the entire sneaker market isn’t the same.

But, despite some struggles to gain true crossover appeal off the basketball court, KB’s signature sneakers aren’t too shabby, and as he enters what could be the final year of his career, I know what you’re asking yourself: “Dang, why didn’t I cop more of his kicks over the years?”

It’s too bad you aren’t @jefferrrson. The San Diego resident estimates his collection at around 70 sneakers and many are rare Bryant shoes that always impress the nearly 3,000 people who follow him on Instagram. Born in the Philippines, @jefferrrson’s been going hard in the game since the early months of 2009, back when he copped the “Carpe Diem” colorway of the famed Nike Zoom Kobe IV.

“I still remember it like it was yesterday,” the 25-year-old wrote to me via email. “I walked in, bought the sneakers, came to my car, and took them out of the box one last time before leaving the parking lot. At that moment, I fell in love. Sounds cliché and corny, but it’s what got me from a couple of basic sneakers, to a closet full of sneakers.”

We’ve profiled people with entire basements reserved for Air Jordans. We’ve profiled people who have been in this game for decades. We’ve profiled gigantic LeBron James fans. But I’m not sure we’ve ever profiled someone with as large a Kobe Bryant collection as @jefferrrson.

Follow Sean on Twitter at @seanesweeney

images via @jefferrrson