Let’s delve into something that is apparent in the sneaker culture today. Every day we get sneaker news about release dates, future releases, samples, sneaker collections, celebs rocking sneakers, etc. Whether we think the news is good or bad is always up for debate. So let’s talk about…
OSD: Collecting or addicting? (Topic idea by John aka Lem)
“The truth behind Sneaker Collecting: A Hobby or Un-diagnosed Addiction.
There have been many in the sneaker culture that have labeled themselves as “addicts”. Most of the time it’s simply a play on words that stresses someone’s enthusiasm about the shoe game. But have you ever really thought about it? Being addicted to shoes? Sounds crazy, right?
Check out one of the various definitions for addict: To habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively.
Ask yourself these questions:
Have you or do you obsess about the upcoming release of a particular sneaker?
Do you plan your finances around the release dates of shoes?
Do you get a “high” when purchasing an anticipated release? Do you wonder why you bought the shoe after the “high” has diminished?
Do you long to feel that high again and eagerly await the next popular release? (Wanting another fix)
Can you wear a different pair of shoes everyday for a month or perhaps even two?
Have you ever forgotten what you have because you have so many?
Have you ever paid more than twice the amount for a shoe?
When people keep excessive amounts of newspapers, clothing, furniture or anything it’s known as hoarding. Are some of us hoarders? Are some of us addicted in the true sense of the word?
-John AKA Lem
I wish I could add more but Lem really hit it out of the park with this one. However, I will address one point he brings out and that is the last section.
I’ve seen plenty of TV shows about people who have OCD or some type of disorder and collect various objects and such. I’ve also seen people diagnosed with such disorders and personally know people who collect random items just because. Now before I go on, let’s get this out of the way. Yes, this can be applied to the collection of any objects but it’s a shoe site so we are focusing on the shoes.
Now that that’s out of the way, let us continue. Hobbies and addictions can go practically hand-in-hand but with shoes, it can be a little different. The hobby of collecting shoes is just to get as many sneakers as you want to satisfy a want. Example, you head to the store to grab a pair of Chuck Taylors. At the store, you see a bunch of other sneakers on clearance that are very tempting. However, you know what you came to the store for, so you just grab the Chucks. To me, that’s the hobby, going after what you want. (Obviously, if the shoes on sale were ones you wanted, I hope you hop on them.) Now for the addiction part, this is how I see it. Same scenario, shoes on sale, you want Chucks, all that jazz. Instead of getting the Chucks only, you grab all the other shoes. Why? Cause you don’t want them, you NEED them.
That’s the underlying difference between a hobby and addiction to me, wants and needs. For us sneaker addicts, we can see some collectors are really TRUE addicts. Think about the people who have hundreds of shoes but refuses to wear them, just keeps them deadstock forever. Now, it could be because they are keeping them fresh but it could also be because they just bought them to buy them.
I’ll stop now because really, I could write a novel on this topic (very good one Lem), but I’ll let the readers decide.
Hobby or addiction?
Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Written by: Jordan Rainey (@Jawrduhn)
Topic idea (& excerpt) by John aka Lem
(See something in the sneaker culture that catches your eye and drives you crazy or impresses you? Send it to JJHKNOWS@gmail.com(topic only), and it could be used in a future Thursday Thoughts. Credit will be given if the idea has not already been planned or submitted by someone else. Remember, it can be anything sneaker related. Put “Thursday Thoughts” as the subject.)