Sophia Thompson has a lot of kicks, enough to warrant sneakerhead status. But she doesn’t even have the most impressive collection in her immediate family. That honor would go … err … will go to her child. At least once he’s finally born. He already has close to 60 pairs waiting for him whenever he does decide to show up.
“He has more heat than me,” says Thompson, also known as @s_hermosa.
“Some shoes I had to get for him because I just couldn’t get for myself.”
The lil’ guy already has Jordan 11 “Breds,” “Rising Sun” 12s, and almost all of the recent 9s. He even has a bunch of baby Nike Foamposites. Thompson has barely shopped for herself lately because her baby is taking up so much of her shoe attention. So far, the baby has an entire collection in sizes 1-4. Thompson used to have more, yet at this point, after all the moving and giving away and transferring and downsizing, she really has no clue how big her collection is. It also doesn’t help that she’s a Bermuda product who’s been living in Florida since 2011, with many of her sneakers still at home.
Growing up outside of the States, Thompson can’t say how or why she started wearing sneakers.
“That was my thing,” she says. “Shoes. Everyone knew I liked shoes. I can’t really say how it happened.”
It wasn’t like she saw someone and emulated them, or wanted to be like her favorite athletes. She didn’t really enjoy the competition, either, because her home didn’t have much of it. She started collecting at a young age and while other sneakerheads came up in hotbeds like New York City, Thompson found Bermuda’s sneaker culture to be lacking. All of the boys wore all-white Reebok Classics, with no creativity or individuality, and there was only one store in town that typically got sneaker shipments. She tried to teach people about the shoes, and about the athletes behind them, but most of the boys knew almost nothing about Michael Jordan.
Even though it was much easier to get sneakers in her size — 6-6.5 — she still camped out for shoes such as the Air Jordan 9 “Motorboat Jones” and the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared” with her boyfriend, and it didn’t take long for her closet to fill up. Even as her reputation grew, male sneakerheads had no clue what to make of her. On one hand, they loved seeing it, but on the other, she constantly surprised them, like the time she rocked the “Electrolime” Foamposite.
“Some people,” Thompson admits about the most expensive sneaker she ever bought, “just don’t know that they come out in smaller sizes.”
Nowadays, even as Thompson is downsizing her own collection to make room for the newest member of her home, she still can’t stop copping her favorite releases, like the recent Jordan 6 “Carmine,” and all the shoes that she’s missed out on in the past, like the Jordan 12 “Flu Game.”
Thompson is always wearing her kicks, too, and isn’t afraid to dish out some constructive criticism to young sneakerheads trying to follow in her shadow.
“If you have on some nice Jordans or some nice sneakers and you have on a lame outfit,” she says, “you just look whack. It makes people just want to laugh.”
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