The record producer started his sneaker collection early — pre-kindergarten to be exact. But it wasn’t until the Jordan 3 came out that he started really obsessing over kicks. Here, Blaze opens up to Footwear News about being a sneakerhead.
“I got into sneaker collecting by not being able to afford to buy sneakers. A lot of us collect things our families couldn’t afford as kids. The first pair of shoes I ever begged my mother for were navy blue Pro Keds — that was in pre-kindergarten. From there, it was Zips, and by second grade, it was KangaRoos.
The Jordan 3 was the first sneaker I actually obsessed over. My mom didn’t have $100 for a pair of sneakers, so she took me to a local store and got me Spot-Bilts, Saucony’s basketball shoe. That was the first semi-fresh pair of sneakers I ever had as an adolescent. When I started making real money, I guess in 1997, is when I really got into it. When they reissued the Jordan 3, I was on tour with an artist I was working with called Bathgate. We were playing this festival in a mall parking lot the day the Jordan 3 Retro came out. It was the first time I went into a store and said, ‘I want every pair of this shoe you have in my size.’”