Do you consider yourself a serious sneaker collector? Do you take pride in hunting through dusty attics, closets, and the like for ancient footwear? If you’re that sort of person (We’re assuming you are if you found your way to this site) then Complex has some advice for you. The team over there has put together their “10 Sneakers Every Serious Collector Should Own”. Mind you this isn’t specific models for the most part, but rather more general categories like “a pair of shoes without laces”, “a pair of adidas with someone’s face on it”, etc. Continue reading for a couple samples and then go to Complex to see the rest.
A pair of Converse Chuck Taylors that were made in the USA.
A pair of adidas with someone’s face on the tongue.
New Balance 1500 - Made in USA and Made in England
Diadora - Made in Italy
Nike - Made in Japan
Asics Tiger TBF707 - Made in Japan
Asics Tiger TBF712 - Made in Japan
Onitsuka Tiger "Chuck Taylor" - Made in Japan
Superga - Made in Italy
Pony - Made in USA
K-Swiss - Made in Czechoslovakia
Tretorn - Made in USA
The advent of Nike, JBs, Reeboks, even adidas, etc - all of which are now made in Asia particularly China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, etc - was a self-inflicted wound for the sake of cheap labor.
As a collector myself, I look up to European-made or American-made sneakers - the country of origin. Japan is an exception among Asian countries because of its long tradition of superior craftsmanship.