There’s nothing better than grabbing that first pair of sneakers with your own money. The paycheck comes in. You drop it in the bank and suddenly, for the first time in your life, you have some money to play with. After that, going to the mall is a must. I remember the first time it happened for me–went right to the mall and copped the Reebok Answer V and the AND1 Skip to My Lous. (I HAD to have that AND1 Mixtape Vol. 5.) For longtime sneakerhead Tyler Blake, @tylerjblake on Instagram, it was the Bin Air Jordan VII that started him down this long road of collecting sneakers. Then once a close friend introduced him to a collection of over 200 shoes, it was on.
“Listening to him talk about the stories with each shoe really got me excited,” Blake wrote via email to me about his friend, “and I started reading up on blogs to learn about upcoming releases.”
Collecting sneakers has gone mainstream in 2015. Everyone is doing it. But there were some collectors who were knee-deep in the game long before this year. In our ongoing series called The Stash, we’ve spotlighted many of them, from collectors who fill an entire basement with Jordans to cats who have been doing this since, most likely, before you were even born, to folks across the Atlantic Ocean. In this latest edition, a man with over 40,000 Instagram followers lets us get a behind-the-scenes look at his collection, from his incredible Air Jordan Doernbecher collection to his love of brands many wouldn’t label as mainstream.
This is The Stash, and this is how @tylerjblake gets down.
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