SELECT Collections: Phase2

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July 24, 2013

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sn select collections phase2 cover SELECT Collections: Phase2

Folks, you are in for a real treat today! Many of us consider ourselves “collectors” for lack of a better term, but when you see a collection like the one that awaits you, it essentially redefines the word. There are plenty of sneaker enthusiasts out there who own hundreds of pairs with a healthy supply of “heat” mixed in, but there’s a next level of passion and determination that few collectors dare to pursue. If you’re willing to pay the asking price, anybody can scoop up “rare” and “limited” releases on eBay or at Flight Club, but where do you go to get a pair of Air Jordan XI Deion Sanders PEs or 20+ year old wear test samples?

Just ask Jermaine, a.k.a. Phase2, an accomplished sneaker connoisseur who unquestionably goes the extra mile on the regular when it comes to hunting down some of the rarest footwear gems the world has ever seen. When most of us see a vintage pair of game-worn Michael Jordan PEs, we may daydream about how nice they’d look on a shelf in our house before drifting back down to reality, but Phase2 actually goes for it! Dropping a grip for a pair of worn shoes in the wrong size or a ready-to-crumble pair of 1980s OGs is not for everybody, but for a devoted few, it’s the next logical step in climbing deeper into the unearthed nooks and crannies of the sneaker landscape.

In many ways, Jermaine is living the dream for all of us. Through his blog and social media accounts, he gets us as close as most will ever come to some of the most extraordinary relics and buried treasures in sneaker history. Whether it’s an Air Jordan player exclusive worn only once in a 2002 pre-season game or a crazy unreleased sample that never saw the light of day, if it wasn’t for bona fide sneaker archeologists like Phase2, we may have never known that some of these rarities existed.

While some of us have a more practical approach to our sneaker consumption, for others, the hunger runs much deeper. Having something the next guy doesn’t have has long been a cornerstone of the sneaker game, but for collectors like Phase2, that philosophy has basically become an art form. What you’re about to see just might blow your mind, but as difficult as this may be, try to fight the instinctive human urge to feel envy and despair over all these great shoes you’ll never get your hands on. Instead, let’s be grateful that passionate and dedicated individuals like Phase2 are out there to feed our own curiosity and knowledge every time they share photos of their prized acquisitions with the rest of us.

17 comments
MrFeltonius
MrFeltonius

WOW!......I would be embarrassed to let you walk in my closet and see my shoes.

gx5
gx5

Impressive collection, and I appreciate the desire for pageviews, but I really think you guys coulda fit more than 2 pics per page.

highdef
highdef

those multicolor snakeskin AF1s are absolute straight fire!

deadpool92
deadpool92

you call that a collection....wwwwweeeeeaaaaaakkkkkk

JadonElijah
JadonElijah

A real head who collects what he likes, nice

AKPifstars
AKPifstars

Great article, great read. Always enjoy the story of how a thorough connoisseur started out. Looking foward to more of these Select Articles, keep doing what your doing! Witch so many Sneaker Blogs out there, i repeatedly find myself back SN. 

csbenji
csbenji

ok this is what i call a sneakerhead. we are just guys who wear some sneakers

juelz203
juelz203

would like to a nylon air jordan 1 bred OG released like that one (minus the blue of course) would be interested to see how its received

just9arrett
just9arrett

very dope editorial he seems like a great guy and would love to meet him.

Dr Kumar Singh MD
Dr Kumar Singh MD

Air Jordan III – White/Black/Grey/Red unreleased sample...SHOULD BE A IV

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

Dope, some of those samples are need to be released lol.

tuddyt
tuddyt

SN! great job. i was impressed most shoes in his size he has worn. also that he is not jaded sighting the Kd vi. also saw an id box in the mix.  what a fun story!!

obiz9
obiz9

aj iv eminems, love...damn sweet collection

AKPifstars
AKPifstars

@csbenji Lmao word after fully reading the article i must agree with you. He's certainly on another level with collecting.



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