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Discussion: Sneakerhead Pet Peeves


Everyone has some sort of pet peeve right? Something that irritates or irks you to a point beyond logical thinking and brings out the Hulk in you.

My pet peeve comes about around the holiday season… Sad but true.

Every year more sneakers release which leads to more new additions and even some pickups of older classics i either missed or needed a new pair of. This leaves me as an easy target during these holiday gatherings for nay-Sayers to poke and prod at my beloved hobby.

“Why do you have so many shoes?”

“Why do you have the same shoe in multiple colors,?”

“You have more shoes than any girl I’ve ever met… ”

“how many cars could you have if you didn’t spend all of your money on shoes?”

At this point, I’m in a full on Hulk rage ready to stomp and smash about as i have to endure the same questions year after year.

Do we Sneakerheads question why you own nearly 100 die-cast NASCAR replicas? Do we attempt to publicly humiliate you because you have an archive of porn dating back to the 70’s? Do we dish out immature insults regarding your World of Warcraft fetish? Okay… I’m actually guilty of that last one. But you get where I’m heading. Everyone is into something, so why is collecting sneakers such a weird concept for people to grasp?

If all of my priorities are in order and i choose to spend my extra cash on sneakers… Why is that such a problem? Why is that such a popular topic if discussion for those who don’t really care nor have any intention on truly understanding our appreciation of this fine form of art and expression?

True Sneakerheads know and understand one thing, what we do is not a fad. We will not and have not grown out of it. We are Sneakerheads… Its a part of our personality. By discrediting something we truly love and enjoy, you are essentially telling us that you lack a certain level of respect for us as a human beings.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been ridiculed by members of my own family about my passion. My dad used to lecture me on what a waste of time sneakers were… As he was tinkering with his latest and greatest camera, a camera that looked and did the same exact thing his 15 other cameras did.

This is my personal sneaker pet peeve… Maybe yours is the same, possibly something far different. Whatever the case may be, let us know what your sneaker pet peeve is and if its something you’ve learned to deal with over time or if it still irritates the heck out of you to no end.

Brian Betschart
Founder and Editor of SF, Brian is considered an expert when it comes to sneakers. Collecting since he was in elementary school, his collection has grown to over 500 pairs and counting. Brian has published articles since 2004, and in 2006, he decided to create Sneaker Files.

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