Sneakerhead: “a person who is passionate, knowledgeable, and has an overall appreciation for sneakers.” This quirky subculture appreciates sneakers as a form of wearable art and part of the Blerd experience. Quirktastic takes an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Blerd Sneakerhead 101 Panel with Gym Leader Brock, MegaFron and Mighty Mauricio from Shoetaku.
According to the panel description, “Blerds and Nerds of Color have always loved fly sneakers, but we’re starting to see crossovers of the cultures as our favorite anime, comic book, and fantasy brands are joining forces with major sneaker companies to produce must-have kicks and birth new Sneakerheads.”
Mighty Mauricio: Fly sneakers are wavy and I want to surf.
Gym Leader Brock: I’ve always been fascinated with sneakers since I was in high school. The different designs, color schemes, and materials just naturally drew me in.
MegaFron: I’ve always thought they were cool. It’s probably a cultural thing telling me what to think, but…
What do you mean?
MegaFron: Money was tight growing up so now that I’m grown, what better to do with my extra coins than buying extremely dope but extremely unnecessary things.
What’s your collection look like?
MegaFron: I’m still a baby sneakerhead, so I’m only at about 13 that I’m proud of.
Mighty Mauricio: In rotation? 7. In total? A little over 20.
Gym Leader Brock: I stopped counting, but over 40+.
What are your holy grails?
Gym Leader Brock: My top grail would be the Nike Mag from Back to the Future.
Mighty Mauricio: Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red October. smh.
MegaFron: My grail would be the Space Jams. They obtainable though, so I haven’t tried very hard to get them to be honest.
What will we seeing at the Sneakerhead 101 Panel at Blerd?
MegaFron: I’ll be bringing the Miles Morales’s (Origin Story’s) from Into the Spider-Verse, 3 different Air-Max’s, and a Black History Month Edition Kyrie 5.
Mighty Mauricio: Nike Air Joran VI Infrared 2019, only worn 7 times. Saucony Azura Neo Tokyo, 11 wears. Nike SB Dunk High Black Hornet, worn 9 times.
Gym Leader Brock: Bruh, you have the number of wears?
Mighty Mauricio: I retire all my kicks after 25 wears.
Gym Leader Brock: I’m bringing a pair of Travis Scott 1s, Yeezy’s, and All Star Game Barkley’s.