Camping for sneakers has always been an interesting topic of mine. Sometimes I'm intrigued by the campers rather than the sneakers being released. Thus, inspired to start CAMPING CHRONICLES where we met these camping warriors who are willing to spend hours, days, even a full week outside to be the first to purchase a pair. Last week, we were in Chicago for the Station 23 grand opening and caught up with three of the best in the game, Justin Reed, Joseph Pagan, and our dear friend, Steven aka FabesSoles.
EJ - How long have you been in the culture and what is your favorite sneaker of all time ?
Steven - 15 years in the culture
fav sneaker - Bred I, Black Cement 3s
Joseph - 8 years
fav sneaker - French blue 12, raging bull Vs
Justin- 10-12 years
fav sneaker - white cements/ true cement
EJ - What are you looking to cop at Station 23
ALL THREE - Fragments, CHICAGO XX3, Don C 2's, OVO X's
EJ - Give us your top 3 camping tips
ALL THREE -
Pack Wet Wipes
Pack Water and Snacks
EJ - Craziest Camping Experience?
Bin 9 at Willowbrook Mall
Camped for 3 days, made the list. It was all good until the day of, Chaos happen. Secrurity opened the wrong door and craziness. Im talking about a stampede, broken walls, all that.
Got the shoes though.
Recently, the Back the Future Hype - Camping at Mercer in New York. Morning til Night, with no results, only to find out it will release in 2016.
EJ - Worst Experience?
" Bred XI, too many people, Mall security didn't handle the situation appropriately. Whole system of the mall was unorganized and poorly planned. Also, Camping outside during a blizzard is never fun. "
Justin and Joseph -
" Easy, Any campouts during the Winter. ESPECIALLY SYRACUSE WEATHER "
EJ - What is one shoe you camped out for and didn't get?
" WHAT THE KOBE 7s. store only had 10 pairs. Spent 14 hours in line. Number 8 in line and didnt get it for some reason, go figure "
" IVE NEVER BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL " #BOSS
" Fragments at 21 Mercer, Cops shut it up "
EJ - If you were in the position to change the current process of purchasing sneakers, what would you do?
" I mean its kind of the toss you make more shoes you kinda water down your brand, if everyone has em.
Back then not everyone, now everyone has Air Jordans.
They have been answering, though
In this culture of the shoe game, people want whats not available, what people cannot get.
Can’t say if they are doing right or wrong
I want what I want.
If its not wear, but not hot.
Would the DB4 or Yeezys be fresh and a few of the most sought after shoes if they weren't limited?
I would like em to be readily available so i can trash a pair and grab another
So i can have 10 pairs in my life. Simple
Love how they are pushing back to quality,
RETAIL PRICE STILL TO HIGH< BUT IM STILL GONNA BUY"
" I would have more confidence in the sneakers id produce. they didnt even pay YE for the product till later.
Have more confidence in the sneakers that do sell rather not sell.
Mass produce whats hot, limit whats not.
Justin- " I really like what brands like KITH is doing. Crazy dope ideas to drop products.
( example the recent UBER integration with product )
Making sneakers more meaningful and with a story ( memory )
Unique and Surprise and random drops ( which JB did )
Steven - @_FabesSoles_
Justin - @JustinReed