Photo By D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc.
Photo By D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc.

The sneaker game is booming!  With more people collecting, buying, selling, and trading, it’s become harder to cop that new pair of kicks.  Nike has a wide range of prices ranging from $19.99 specials to $37,500 Nike Air Mags, (The sneakers Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future 2).  A rapper by the name of Tinie Tempah purchased these kicks at auction.  One can only imagine when the self lacing Sneakers come out later in 2015 what they will fetch.  There were even Nike Sneakers which were customized by rappers that sold even more!

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But how did they sneaker game get to this point?  Its interesting to note that this movement has been around for over 30 years!  Many collectors buy, sell, and trade what he/she likes.  Sneakerheads come in all shapes, sizes, and colors ranging from high school kids to middle aged adults!  What was once an industry that involved going to the department store, Champs, or Footlocker to pick up a new pair of kicks has turned into a HUGE secondary market where sneakers are bought and sold at conventions, shops, and over the internet.  If a sneaker is sold out in the stores, log onto eBay or Amazon and you will most likely find them, (at a premium).

Photo by D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc.
Photo by D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc.

One of the most popular brands is the Air Jordan. The first Jordans were made available to the public in 1985.  The brand has grown tremendously as Air Jordan now features other athletes under this Nike sub Genre.  But Jordans are not the only popular brand of Nikes on the market.  In recent years, Foamposites have been popular with collectors and been a hot item to buy.  At first they did not sell well with an expensive $180 price tag back in 1997.  They were originally worn by Mike Bibby playing for the Arizona Wilcats and by NBA star Penny Hardaway.  They are released in limit supply so its often not easy to cop a pair unless you are there at the release.  Recently, some releases have taken place on the internet to prevent a possible violent situation.

Personally, I have always liked a good quality pair of Nike Sneakers.  I find myself buying kicks I like and believe look the part.  I purchase for myself to wear and also to trade & sell if I see something I like that is not my size.  I don’t spend tens of thousands of dollars a year in the game, but I do spend a decent amount of money.  I like to buy Nike Sneakers at discount stores as its hard to go into the Mall and drop $200+ for a pair of Foamposites.  Surprisingly, I once found some Foamposites in Marshals Brand New and in the box for $100!    There are other great deals out there if you look hard enough..  You can keep up with your personal shoe fix and buy a few pairs to sell and trade to fund your operations and make a few bucks.  Some people have even grown their shoe hobby into a full-time business!  I only see this business continuing to gain popularity and you can get into the game for under $100!  Thanks for reading.