Just Blaze Reveals The First Pair Of Kicks He Begged His Mom For

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.

Navy Pro Keds sneakers
Navy Pro Keds sneakers.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Shiekh Shoes.
KangaRoos Sneakers
KangaRoos sneakers complete with pockets.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Shane + Shawn.

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.’”

Classic Hip-Hop Sneaker Styles
Nike Air Jordan 3 True Blue sneakers.
CREDIT: Amazon.com.

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