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Darren Rovell and ABC Explore the World of Sneaker Trading

June 14, 2013 BY / 34

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The sneaker world has once again caught the attention of mainstream media. This time around it’s Darren Rovell and ABC’s Nightline asking the questions, as they delve into the world of re-selling and large scale sneaker events. The narrative shares time to focus on both a 15 year old who stays flipping shoes and the likes of DJ Clark Kent, that sneakerhead OG who has been doing this since before some of these youngsters were even alive. Continue reading to see the video from ABC and let us know in the comments if you think they presented a fair portrayal of the sneaker game as it currently stands.


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kimbernf
kimbernf

I find kids like this completely and utterly annoying.  There's no appreciation for the shoes, only for the money, and their target customers are other ignorant kids.  I've had some great kicks in my day and there is no way I would give up all the memories I have of balling in my Jordans for a few hundred dollars profit.  

SquareBiz90
SquareBiz90

Who cares if these kids are more privileged than others. I'm sure their parents worked hard for the money that they spend on their children & Im sure when some of you become parents you'll want you child to have everything too. & Who's to say that all of them dont have their own money. When I was 16 I was working & buying all of my own clothes & shoes. 

DimeBagOfSwoosh
DimeBagOfSwoosh

Don't take this as hating, or making assumptions. But most of those kids should give their parents their cut. Some might actually work for a living, provided they are old enough. However, we are all aware that most of those kids wouldn't have gotten their start if it wasn't for mommy and daddy footing the bill.

sneakerlover444
sneakerlover444

This video footage was shot at the solexchange sneaker show in new york city and new jersey.  I was there.  I sold mad product and had a good time.  Not that many hypeeees good shit sneaker news for picking this story up this event is run by a dude named Joe in NYC, dude is official. 

"C.E.O."
"C.E.O."

From what I've been told what a "Hypebeast" is: "A sneakerhead poser who only buys sneakers at any given time to look cool and fit in." A "Sneakerhead" from my point of view is similar to someone who is a "Motorhead" who knows the inside and out of cars from all brands and collects some cars. Man, really wish I had those AJ III "DB's". If anyone has watched a documentary called, "The 80's That Made Us."? The world's an addiction. (Nas)

Dipset27
Dipset27

As soon as I saw the neighborhood and the house this kid lived in, I already knew . . . .

ElvinFernandez
ElvinFernandez

This gets me so mad. Most kids probably haven't worked a day in their lives and get their money from their parents. I'm 16 and I know what hard work and sweat is. Working weekends after school, paying some bills and trying to save up to get the sneakers I want is a good feeling, not just getting the money easy from their parents. They give sneakerheads a bad name. 

kicknsince89
kicknsince89

Just realized how dumb this kid is.. He was willing to trade his yeezys and cash for doernbecher 3's lmfaoo yeezys>>>doernbecher 3's

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

All the adults there buying from them are probably saying in their head " Dumbass rich hypeteens, let me show them how to negotiate."

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

If a real sneakerhead did a documentary on this it would be TOTALLY different. Most of these people in there are rich hypebeast kids.

kicknsince89
kicknsince89

the reporter said the kids spend their own money, he should of said their parents money lol

NewSneakerScent
NewSneakerScent

Don't trade or resell jus buy and rock but do u ima still get what I want without over paying

mikeylab
mikeylab

"alex" is rich to begin with...

koocumber
koocumber

obviously its one sided, its on the freaking news. the public generalizes all people who deal with sneakers as money and status hungry fools like the ones in the video, and they leave out the kind of people TRUE sneaker lovers really are.

btw, those drawings on that dude's room wall are wack as fuck lmao

DugLast
DugLast

Caught this last night and thought it was one-sided (notice there's no interviews with the average cat waiting in line). Thankfully, Clark Kent adds some perspective.

alex458
alex458

"He calls himself dj clark kent" smh

HeatSeeker9
HeatSeeker9

These kids don't even really care about the sneaker or even about wearing it. They just care about doing what everyone else is doing this shit is real stupid

DeVille
DeVille

What a joke. So all sneakerheads are rich suburban white kids? The title to this should be "Why The Sneaker Game Is So Messed Up" It's what Mr Kent said, they dont want the shoe. They want what comes with it. It's like the hip hop generation in  the 90z. It's the cool thing so everyone wants to be a part of it. 

Longstroke
Longstroke

It's a turn off.

See, whenever you go over to places like Nike Talk, this is who you are actually talking to, assholes like these guys. They don't play ball, they don't even like the shoes, these fat mofo's can barely walk down the block on their own, yet they have an opinion on what a good shoe is, simply to try and drive up the aftermarket prices. If you read the Kobe threads on Nike Talk and Sole Collector, you'll see this in action. Funny thing is, many aren't stupid enough to spend over two hundred dollars on a Kobe Bryant shoe, as there is nothing cool about him. However, people will spend that cake on Jordan's, 'bron's, foams, or a pair of Yeezy's.

I'm glad that this is getting exposure now, as it shows how stupid that so called sneakerhead thing, actually is.

Buy what you like, and don't follow the crowd. If you do, you'll simply get got by some little fat boy, who is looking to make a profit.


Kickland Smith
Kickland Smith

This shit is so corny. I can't believe how fucked up the sneaker game has become. Fuckin kids treating it like Pokemon cards ...... 

Dr Kumar Singh MD
Dr Kumar Singh MD

Shout out to Rare Breed in Red Bank, NJ!  Sneaking in at the end

badgerbiscuits
badgerbiscuits

that song at the beginning has got to be a joke...lol.

SamSundra
SamSundra

@kicknsince89 beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if he liked the DB's better, they were worth it

SamSundra
SamSundra

@JFresh_136 I would love to see that, people need to know what real sneakerheads are like

DugLast
DugLast

@koocumber Good news strives for objectivity. When you fall short of that, you get stories like this. Being a news story doesn't automatically make it one-sided.

metaleggman
metaleggman

Shit KC is down to Earth with this, despite being part of the hype train.  Total cognitive dissonance with that guy.



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