The Stash: @nyjumpman23

  • Air Jordan 4

    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?

    The first pair that really changed my approach on things in regards to sneakers was the Air Jordan IV. The technical aspect and execution on delivering such a prestige performance shoe that Tinker Hatfield created was amazing. The IV continued to feature an Air bubble just like the Air Jordan III but implementing an upper plastic cage lacing system for better lockdown was brilliant.

    When I was younger, my parents couldn’t afford much in terms of shoes, so I’d be wearing some old school Nike, Reebok Classics, adidas runners or anything I can find in terms of the sale section. Also when going to school early on, we were only allowed to wear white sneakers during gym because they “didn’t want to leave streaks on the basketball floor” (’till this day it grinds my gears about that rule). But when watching basketball on television, my eyes would be closed in on the shoes that the athletes were wearing. (This was before the DVD/Blu-Ray 1080 quality days.) So when transitioning to high school, I was able to let go of all the things I wasn’t able to wear and just established my new-found love for shoes there. It also helps the fact that I needed more shoes because I outgrew a lot of my clothes and shoes in particular, but also playing a lot of sport(s), particularly basketball, so I’d go through a pair of sneakers in about 3-6 months easy.

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  • Air Jordan 11 collection

    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?

    I used to have over 100-150, but let go of a lot due to the nature of growing up and also some shoes eventually deteriorated due to age (I wore my sneakers), and also grown-up responsibilities, so I’m down to about 50-60. My favorite pair will always be the Air Jordan XI, regardless of the colorway. In terms of showcasing my collection, if it was just for one shoe, it would be the Jordan Team 1 (’98-99). It’s such an underrated shoe performance-wise and style-wise. It just truly stood out. Not many still to this day own the shoe with a couple of exceptions that I personally know.

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  • Massive Sneaker Collection

    Where do you store everything?

    I’m fortunate enough to have some space in my house, but my storage is scattered. From my own room, to guest room, storage closet, and laundry room. I do keep everything mainly well-maintained and clean, just to help keep the integrity of the shoe and still have the shoe be wearable down the line.

    I also store some shoes at my cousin’s house because I used to hand down some shoes for him to wear and that’d he enjoy a lot so nothing was completely gone to waste.

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  • Nike Air Zoom Generation LeBron James

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

    There are few in particular:

    1) Nike Air Zoom Generation – LeBron 1 (Seen above)

    The shoe was so undervalued and not sought out much. It even hit the sales racks a few months after it came out. I was able to obtain a pair few years down the line on eBay searching and found a deadstock pair for under retail and I still play in the shoe ’till this day. You can’t go wrong when the top designers at Swoosh — particularly Tinker Hatfield, Eric Avar, and Aaron Cooper — are directly designing the shoe.

    2) Jordan Jumpman Quick 6 (Eddie Jones shoe — seen below)

    It was a completely underrated shoe. The design was sleek, the shoe was low to the ground, and the build quality was premium. It was definitely an underrated shoe but one of the best-looking Team Jordan sneakers to date.

    3) Any of the original Jordan Team shoes (Seen below)

    From a performance standpoint, they were really well-made sneakers. They were very unique in their own way with a huge “JORDAN” written on the midsole that was visible to anyone in the stands to the audience viewing on television. I was able to obtain all the colorways available early on when they released.

    The White/Navy pair were mainly worn by the University of California, and the White/Red/Black and White/Black were mainly worn by St. John’s University. There was an alternate PE/University pair that was White/Columbia (or Legend Blue). That was mainly for University of North Carolina that I was never able to get my hands on.

    4) The Jordan 3 Percent (1999 — seen below)

    It was literally the first of its kind for Jordan Brand to release a training shoe (other then the Trunner). This was more worn casually for the original Jordan Brand athletes who worked just as hard during the offseason as they did in-season. More along the lines endorsed by boxer Roy Jones Jr., it was just a clean technical shoe. I enjoyed it as a basis as a casual shoe, but something that can also be used at the gym.

    Jordan Jumpman Quick 6 Eddie Jones
    Original Team Jordans
    Original Team Jordans
    Jordan 3 Percent



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  • Air Jordan 11 collection

    Have you had any crazy release day stories? 

    Story 1)

    It was when the 2009 Space Jams were releasing all-over online. No website vendor was able to handle the type of traffic nor manage the expectations of one simple shoe. I was running the top of the line computer then and was lucky enough to log in to a few pages. (Back then there was a limit of two pairs per person.)

    I was able to put in my order from one site, but the site crashed at checkout and I never got the confirmation email. So I went onto a backup website and ordered. Low and behold, two hours later, I check my email (and credit card statement) to see that I’m an official owner of four pairs of 2009 Air Jordan Retro XI “Space Jams.” I sold two pair because I needed to pay my credit card bill, but I still own two pairs today, one to wear, and one to save for later.

    Story 2)

    I was working at my local sneaker store during the time I was taking a break from school and it was upon the release of the 2001 Air Jordan XI Retro “Playoff” or what people call “Bred” these days. Lucky enough when the mall opened early that day, there was a line outside of the store and security was extremely tight. I had to convince the security guard I worked there by literally showing them my striped shirt with name tag. That day I was able to obtain two pairs of “Playoffs” Retro XIs. I wore one pair immediately because it’s the only way to really enjoy your passion by putting them on your feet.

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  • Nike Air Footscape

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

    I’m pretty old school. I’m 33 and for me it used to be about showing the newest thing by immediately wearing the shoes on your feet as soon as you got them either when you first get them at the mall or going to school the next day or wearing them on the basketball court so people can say “oooh” and “ahhh.” I mean, they still sort of do, but with the usage of Instagram, it allows a different outlet and the reach of a bigger audience who are just as enthusiastic about your passion as you are. Technically, you are your own PR. I personally just choose not to jump in a puddle of water just to take a picture. I still wonder to this day that if you couldn’t take a picture of a shoe and post it online/share it, would you still buy it?

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  • Nike Hyperdunk Supreme & Kobe

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

    My passion for sneakers has enabled me to meet lot of great people and establish just great down-to-earth friendships. As much as we all have the same passion, it makes you realize there is life outside of shoes, and that sometimes there are more things in common other then the kicks on your feet. The friendships you establish and build to me are greater than anything else. My passion also has led me to meet a lot of cool athletes over the years, examples include current Clippers coach Doc Rivers, former NBA stars Stephon Marbury and Derek Anderson, Mike Miller, Carmelo Anthony, and Russell Westbrook to new a few.

    The alternate side to the love of sneakers is that it’s allowed me to reach out (or vice versa) to certain brands and give them my input on how to improve on certain aspects of products. It’ll only help both sides as a brand and a consumer in the long run and I appreciate that they value the opinions, especially from a performance standpoint.

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  • Nike LeBron 2

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

    The hardest part of maintaining your collection is time and money management. As much as I love the hobby, it can be an expensive one. Bills come into play especially when you get to my age, and more responsibilities come later down the line.

    The other thing is cleanliness and longevity. You wear shoes and eventually everything breaks down. It comes to a point where you have to be able to just say goodbye to a shoe that’s been beaten up and that you’ve had for a while and just move on.

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  • Nike Kobe collection

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

    2014 allowed me to recover some pairs I had been unable to obtain over the years such as the early Nike Kobe line, and also obtain a few gems in-between. One of the main highlights in the sneaker industry was an abundance of new and up-and-coming companies coming out the woodwork and/or surprise a lot of people, which includes brands such as Brandblack, Under Armour, and Peak. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in-line with some brands based upon feedback on how to improve a performance aspect of a shoe and they actually listen to every detail explained to them and try to apply it to a shoe that will hopefully exceed expectations for not only the athlete on-court but also the consumer.

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  • Air Jordan 1 collection

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

    In terms of obtaining pairs of sneakers I wasn’t able to get while I was younger, I’ve already establish a top couple, which includes the Air Jordan I “Bred,” Nike Zoom Kobe 2, and Nike Zoom Kobe 3.

    The perfect sneaker year of 2015 would be that brand(s) who do retros or nostalgia pairs stick to the original carbon copy plant that worked. I’d also like to see anything re-mastered or retro’d stick to the original colorway process instead of overbearing shoes that just sit on the shelves, or even consider directly releasing Player Exclusives which would be the shoes that regular consumers can’t get or are nearly impossible to obtain, IE – Nike Air Pippen 1 without the Air Max bag, but a full-length Zoom. It would be nice to view an advancement in technology used in shoes. Where’s the new state of the art “wow” factor? We live in a time where technological advancements have gone far beyond expectations, so I’m hoping brands will utilize what’s out there or even come up with something new and better for the likes of consumers. It’s something simple like that that can go a long way.

    Last but not least would be slowing down the releases. Yes, consumers love the shoes, but every week purchases can hurt the pockets. I’m pretty sure a lot of others including myself have been extremely picky nowadays and just slowing down on the shoe purchases. Just because a shoe comes out doesn’t mean you “HAVE TO” get it. Get what you like, don’t let the outside influence your personal taste, but most importantly manage your time and money wisely and your priorities.

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  • Air Jordan 4 "Tech Grey"
  • Air Jordan 11 collection
  • Massive Sneaker Collection
  • Nike Air Zoom Generation LeBron James
  • Air Jordan 11 collection
  • Nike Air Footscape "Cherrywood" unreleased sample
  • Nike Hyperdunk Supreme & Kobe "Making History" 81 points
  • Nike LeBron 2
  • Nike Kobe collection
  • Air Jordan 1 collection

Every sneakerhead has that moment. You know the one, where you spot a shoe that literally changes the game for you, where suddenly you’re all “I HAVE to have that sneaker!” and you go from being an average kid rocking hand-me-downs and sale rack shoes to the guy turning his love of one sneaker into an all-out obsession.

For 33-year-old Stanley Tse — aka @nyjumpman23 — that sneaker was the Air Jordan IV, a masterpiece of a shoe that somehow followed up and topped one of the greatest Air Jordans of all time. At the time, legendary designer Tinker Hatfield didn’t want to reinvent the wheel with the IV, as he did with the III, and so he took inspiration from Michael Jordan‘s work ethic off the floor, where Chicago’s finest had only recently become a father. The slight improvements that he did make? They all had to do with on-court performance, and the result was a beloved shoe that was both aesthetically pleasing and worked on the floor.

It might’ve been a seminal moment for the Air Jordan line, as well as sneakers in general, but it’s still just a small part of the sneakerhead culture living and thriving in 2015. Tse is still here living it too, from his performance reviews to his collection of underrated heat that hasn’t released in close to 20 years.

Over the last year, we’ve seen sneakerheads not just in New York City but all over the world, from England to Los Angeles. And the sneaker obsession is only growing.

Unlike some of the cats you’ll see on Instagram these days, @nyjumpman23 has been in the game for a minute. Let him tell you how it’s changed and how it will change.

Follow Sean on Twitter at @seanesweeney

all images via @nyjumpman23