The Stash: @yoanty

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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?

    One of the first shoes that made me love and care what was on my feet was the Air Max 90. I have always loved Nike sneakers with Visible Air. It will always be “cool” to me.

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  • adidas Ultra Boost

    How many pairs do you have and where do you store everything? Do you have a favorite right now? If someone asked you to showcase one shoe from your collection, what would it be?

    I have over 100 pairs of sneakers but don’t consider myself a “collector.” People that collect items search for rare and valuable items. When it comes to sneakers I could care less how limited or rare a sneaker is. That doesn’t make it cool to me. I enjoy wearing sneakers that fit my current style.

    Right now I love what adidas is doing with their Boost technology. The Ultra Boost is an amazing sneaker. I love the style and comfort it has to offer.

    If I were to showcase a sneaker from my collection I would show it would probably be the Jordan Bred I. There is just so much history behind that sneaker. It’s a great conversation piece to show people that may not be as informed.
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  • Air Jordan 1

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

    I live 20 minutes outside of Boston and I think sneakers are pretty low key in my area. In the city we obviously have some great sneaker spots but where I live I don’t think people are as passionate about sneakers. You have your normal malls filled with dudes wearing the same Jordan Retro.

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  • Nike Roshe Run

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

    Most popular shoes in my region are obviously Jordan Retros. I do see a lot of people in Roshe Runs though. And that’s at the gym which is a pet peeve of mine because the Roshe Run wasn’t designed for a high intensity workout. People see the price point and think “Run,” this should be a good sneaker. Twenty minutes later they are in a stretcher with their ankle in three pieces.

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  • Saucony Grid 9000

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

    I think Saucony is being overlooked by the masses. They have been putting out fire collabs and inline releases for a few years now. They have been dropping inline releases that have premium suedes and great quality.

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  • adidas Tubular

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

    The only thing sneaker Instagram has done is made us all look like idiots to the public when they catch us taking weird photos of our sneakers. I take the most random photos of me doing stupid s*** and people are like uh, ok. It doesn’t bother me though because I have fun doing it and the photos usually come out good. Two guys watched me pose in-front of a row of trash cans the other day. I thought to myself…What am I doing with my life?

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

    I am a huge sports fan. Because of sneakers I have got to work with Blake Griffin, Steph Curry, Julio Jones, Jamaal Charles, and Marqise Lee. That right there is a dream come true. Also I have made lifelong friends because of sneakers and met some of the realist down-to-earth people. My sneaker friends have become just my friends.

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

    The hardest part for me is looking at all my sneakers and saying Jesus is it worth having all these? There is nothing worse to me than seeing a pair I have and being like I haven’t worn that pair in two years why do I have them? Also, most of us are addicted to buying sneakers. I tell myself to slow down all the time and focus on only buying what I love and need. I have got better at that this year and have been more selective.

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    What were the highlights of 2014 for you in terms of the sneaker industry and in your own collection? And if you could map out the perfect sneaker year in 2015, what would that include for you?

    Sneakers in 2014 for me was transitioning away from basketball sneakers being won causally. It no longer fits my style. It’s hard going away from something you were so used to and always loved. I will still wear retro basketball sneakers casually but I can only wear KDs, Kobes, and LeBrons on court going forward with the expecting of a few colorways. I focused more on runners and comfortable life style sneakers in 2014.

    The perfect sneaker year in 2015 would be just enjoying the entire sneaker game with no hassle. I always get people telling me what I should and shouldn’t like. People have a heart attack if you don’t buy Jordan Retros. People are mad at me for liking Saucony yet it is a brand I love and personally want to wear. At the end of the day I control what goes on my feet. I am always evolving as a person so I can’t predict what I will wear and like in 6-12 months from now. But like I said I love what adidas is doing with all their new models and love what Saucony is doing. I will always be a fan of Nike/Jordan but it’s nice to step outside that box and experience other brands.

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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.

Follow Sean on Twitter at @seanesweeney

images via Anthony Bartoloni