Everyone has that one shoe that takes them back to the early days. It might be the Air Jordan XI. Maybe it’s the original Nike Shox or even something more less transcendent, like the AND1 Tai Chi. For sneaker collector Anthony Bartoloni, that shoe was the Air Max 90, a classic silhouette that has resonated with the culture ever since it first debuted two and a half decades ago.
“I have always loved Nike sneakers with Visible Air,” Bartoloni wrote recently via email. “It will always be ‘cool’ to me.”
Sneakerheads all over the world have different taste. For the man behind the @yoanty Instagram handle, it’s all about rocking what he enjoys. He grew up rocking Nike Basketball signature shoes and Air Jordan retros, but as his style has changed over the years, so too have his sneaker preferences. In 2015, just as it is for many of us in the culture, it’s not about fitting in but standing out. Going to the mall and seeing everyone in the same sneakers isn’t as much fun as being different. Bartoloni’s sneaker rotation reflects that.
From @nyjumpman23 and his impressive old school flavor to cats like @jumpmanbostic and his ridiculous “Basement of the Js,” we’ve seen some incredible sneaker collections on The Drop. Bartoloni is no different. There’s a reason he’s part of the #GameHasPrivileges influencer program with Champs Sports. His Instagram handle, for instance, boasts over 46,000 followers in part because his kick game is truly impressive. With the summer looming, it’s time you got to know the man too. Check out @yoanty in the latest edition of The Stash.
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images via Anthony Bartoloni