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1. Who (are you?), What (do you for a living?), Where (do you live?)
My name is Alex, 24 years old and I’m living in a small village close to Hamburg, Germany. I´m working on a ship repair yard where I´m repairing small Container vessels and other ships.
2. When did your love for sneakers start and why do you love sneakers so much?
My love for sneakers started back in 2015 when my brother showed me a pair of Air Max 1 Chili´s and I went to NotJustShoes sneaker convention with him. I got so fascinated what you can do with sneakers and they are not just shoes, they are collectables.
With my first job in a supermarket I was able to afford some sneaker and I got myself a pair of Asics Gel Sagas. I don’t really know why I love sneakers that much but I can say that I can´t do without them. My hobbies, my friends and my free time goes hand in hand by now with sneakers.
3. Do you remember your first pair of sneakers? Which pair was it?
My first pair of sneakers were two actually. Got the Asics Gel Saga Glow in the dark and a pair of Air Max 1 essentials on the same day.
4. What’s your favorite brand and model?
My favorite brand is Asics with the Gel Lyte 3 but closely followed with the AirMax1. Just absolutely love the on feet look of both.
5. How many sneakers do you have in your collection?
Currently I´m owning around 50 pairs from various brands with mostly Asics and AirMax1´s but also some Kangaroos, Diadora´s, Adidas and Reebok´s.
6. What’s your favorite pair from your collection?
That’s a really tough question. Choose just one is very difficult but I would probably go with the Air Max 1 ´History of Air´ from 2005. The colorway is just an all-time classic that fits every outfit and almost every situation. And especially the 2005 pair hits the most because of the materials Nike used back then and the really – almost perfect – shape!
7. Which pair(s) are still on your wish list?
Not that much to be honest. I was really lucky to hit a lot of gems in the past 3 years such as Gel Lyte 3 `Leatherbacks` or `Slam Jam 5th Dimension´. I´m still dreaming of the Asics x Patta Gel Lyte 3 ´Amsterdams´ and the Asics x Ronnie Fieg Gel Lyte 3 `Salmon Toe 1.0´to complete my personal Top3 Gel Lyte 3 collection (already got the SlamJam 5th). But also, I still have some AirMax1´s left to cop but those are impossible because of my size or they are simply too expensive.
8. Do you have a favorite sneakerstore or -shop?
Definitely that’s GloryHoleShop which is based in Hamburg. I do barely buy new released sneaker but the ones I want I almost every time get them there.
9. Which brand and / or model would you never wear in your life? And why is that?
That’s an easy one, the Nike Dunks! Blame me for that but I just hate the on feet look of them. Tried them on and put them straight back to return them.
10. Which sneaker in your collection was the hardest to find/get?
The hardest one … Probably the Air Max 1 Greystone that I was hunting 3 years and missed a lot of times. And in the end, I was lucky to hit for a steal. But also the Slam Jam´s were one of those pairs. I already thought that I would never own this pair and stopped searching and after that one pair popped on eBay.
11. What advice would you like to give to new sneakerheads?
Be patient, be nice to sellers and always be polite (sad to say that but I had some stupid things online with people …). Be open to meet people on conventions and always support your local sneaker store.
12. What has been your biggest steal ever?
The best deal, the biggest steal I ever got was the Air Max 1 Urawa for under retail. Got lucky to hit on a hyped sneaker which I then traded for the Urawas in perfect condition. The hyped one are now worth way more than at the time I was trading but finding a perfect pair of Urawas in my size is worth much more than just money.
13. How much time a day / a week do you spend on “sneakers”?
Tough to say as I almost chat everyday with sneaker related friends (not just about sneaker stuff) and my Social media is a good mixture of sneakers and memes. If I had to guess I would say around 2-3 hours and more on the weekends when its shooting or group of regulars (follow @kickzundkaffeehhand @team.bigfoot on Instagram to see more)
14. How do your loved ones feel about your sneaker lifestyle?
Funny one. I infected my father with kangaroos and I’m always on the hunt for some nice sneaker for my girlfriend.
15. Where can people follow you on your socials? (Instagram, Facebook, etc)
You can find me on instagram @der_alex_07
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