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SELECT Collections: Franalations

October 10, 2013 BY / 35

Within the sneaker collecting world, there is a stark dichotomy between new school and the old school. As with any subculture, there is always the tendency for its veterans to scoff at the idea of a younger generation coming along and latching on to their thing. But despite the instinctive reflex to want to protect your personal passions from the outside world, the simple fact is that it’s the younger generation that has always driven the culture and dominated the marketplace. Jaded OGs can gripe all they want about the lost purity of their true love, but they’re not the ones camping outside of stores for days on end to get the shoes they want, so who really loves it more?

The Nike SB Dunk craze of the mid 2000s is a big reason why the collectible sneaker game has exploded into the mainstream juggernaut that it’s become today. With it came a brand new audience and eager consumer base ready to hit the ground running and start snatching up all coveted drops they could get their hands on. For many of these younger collectors first immersing themselves in the wonderful world of sneakers, Dunks were like a gateway drug that eventually pulled them deeper into the life as they branched out to explore all different categories and brands.


Between his long-running YouTube video series and ownership of one of the best SB Dunk arsenals on earth, California collector Franalations has carved out a place for himself as a well-known figure in sneaker circles. Fran is a prime example of the aforementioned Dunk kids who saw something they liked and went hard out the gate. Don’t be mad because he has more shoes than you or that he gets flown around to make appearances at sneaker events or that Nike sends him special packages. Chances are that he’s worked a lot harder than you have to put himself in that position.

Get it straight – regardless of even the financial aspect, it takes a lot of time, dedication and legwork to amass such an impressive sneaker collection and you can’t name too many video reviewers that have been at it longer. Franalations has paid dues to get where he is and it’s tough to knock his hustle. We recently had a chance to check out his jaw-dropping collection in person, so continue on for a detailed look inside his sprawling sneaker rooms (which include much more than just SBs), and as well as a list of his personal top 5s from a variety of different categories.


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35 comments
pippowz9
pippowz9

to many haters fags here, yes his collection in Lebron/Jordans is 70% of 6-7 Y sz  GS shoes which are way more easy to find and cheaper  but he's not a 14 yo kid and got some serious heat like those nubuck BC3s , SB city series,Denim forbes,IronMaiden dunks ,FLOM dunks SB ,Yellow Lobs dunks F&F ,Freddys and many more orange/silver box heat... respect

Kicksiscrack
Kicksiscrack

I have been collecting nearly 25 years and I cant stand many aspects of our culture these days. However, going at someones physical appearance is a female trait. Some of you haters are probably newer to the hobby than he is. Sounding like jealous girls. I admit when fran first came out I thought it was corny that this kid can buy what he wants but wouldnt you? He could spend his money on other things...so he obviously has a passion. He also has been around before things got extra hyped...how about yall? Put your collections up? If you have better than why even hate on him? If your so OG you should be past that. Always someone who has more and most of us older cats dont show their full hand anyway! Sounding all insecure...he has some stuff Id love to have but I dont knock him for it. Keep doing your thing Fran if you truly have that passion you will still have it when these haters have left to jump on another bandwagon! most of them are brand new to this anyway!!

rubzerk
rubzerk

ID SELL SOME KICKS AND GET A HAIR CUT & FIX THAT EYE 

UncleHullka
UncleHullka

Ah, the white Gary Coleman. Webster sure does have some dope kicks. His mommy stoked him out

Valentine408
Valentine408

I was in love with the wheat high SBs the first time I ever layed eyes on them. Props to the kid, I'm sure he put in work. That lazy eye got me crackin up though

boogieblind
boogieblind

it's an impressive collection no doubt. Nevertheless I kinda have to agree with those who said it's a  huge waste of money (as any kind of excessive collection is). 

EQKing
EQKing

Just a total waste of money, is all.

Jokoko
Jokoko

His collec is ultimate DOPE! Big diversity and it's what I like! Many haters here in the comments cause they're probably the kind of dudes who masturbate only by thinking bout Jordan Brand (cause it's the most hype nowadays). Just don't forget that AF1 and Dunks are as historical as JB pairs for many reasons and if you don't think so, then you don't care bout Sneakers... Congrats Fran. You're THE dude! And keep on rocking your pairs!

Note: Dad must have thick wallet though.

HankkMoody
HankkMoody

gotta respect his collection it's dope ... only thing i dislike is when people get sneakers that's not their size ... all in all, a 95% rockin rate is super high, but i'm a 100% kind of nigga ... great collection doe !!

F0NG3R
F0NG3R

that shoutout to DJ delz on the sb 8s.. hahaha perfect! absolutely perfect fran!

daniners49
daniners49

Man, I started watching Fran since he made the video on Michael Lau Blazers SB and Space Tigers.. 

Alejandro8675
Alejandro8675

One of the best sneakerheads for many reasons. One is his dedication to get a shoe even when its not made in his size. Another is that he has a great diversity and I bet we haven't even seen all of his collection. So don't hate on him and say your collection is better because it's probably not since nike didn't fly you out to beaverton and you aren't asked to attend special sneaker events.

Brads Pitt
Brads Pitt

I see a whole lot of wasted money and time. He's got $250.000 invested in what is now about a $30.000 collection. This is a perfect example of to much to soon in life. Just ask the guy who owned the Shoezeum. :')

brandizzle8
brandizzle8

so many haters on here. niggas just mad cuz their collections are shit next to franalations. yea he's 25 and into comic books and video games and has small feet, but does the sneaker game have to be centered around huge dudes who spend their play money on overpriced clothes, alcohol, cars, or women? he doesn't have kids/a fam so let him live his single life the way he wants. I for a fact would love to be able to hustle and make a living buying what I want without a 9 to 5 or lots of schooling. nigga keep doin your thing!

SSmok3d
SSmok3d

I just need that penny crate. You can keep all those fugly dunks and everything ele.

Da_ReaI_Big_Infinite
Da_ReaI_Big_Infinite

Franalations don't got nothin on my collection.  Dey just do a special on him cause he white.

andred77777
andred77777

crazy collection. Nike sure made alot of $$$$ off of him! 

chicityop
chicityop

Impressive collection really. Diverse selection of shoes, and unique shoes too not just what everyone else always has

James Lowery
James Lowery

Yo Fran is the man. He likes exactly what he likes and thats dope. I'm a fan of his Bespokes as well. And when he was doing em more consistantly, his reviews were the best on YouTube

Dr Kumar Singh MD
Dr Kumar Singh MD

OK, he has a lot of shoes.  But they're all KIDS Sizes!  So wack!  It's like looking into a twelve year old's closet...Little ass foot.  Everything's a size 6.5 or 7.  Probably why he covers the sizes up with those pictures.  He's ashamed of his tiny little feet.

ChadBoushell
ChadBoushell

@trentbg    Most likely Quasimodo's mom or dad has got the ca$h, how do you think someone at 14 or 15 was coming up with cash?  I would love to know if he's living off the American tax payer in any kinda way.  Wouldn't surprise me as I see no mention of any type of life outside of, and hopefully not, spending my(and every other hard working Americans) hard earned cash redistributed to him on sneakers.  

ChadBoushell
ChadBoushell

@DDooxLong Hopefully that thing about shoe size and dick size isn't true for his and his girls sake, if it is let her know my shoe size is double his.

KenMiddleton
KenMiddleton

@Memphislee69 It's his money #1 and #2 the Shoezeum guy is selling his shoes and probably making a killing.

Iamme1
Iamme1

@Dr Kumar Singh MD  

chicityop is right.  it would be useless if he bought giant sizes that he cant wear...well selling them is an option, but then you wwould hate him on that

your comment is just plain poor.

Sol3Tak3r
Sol3Tak3r

Well he has some size 9s in there so you think he wears those too? Stop defending him like he's a God he's a weirdo who don't have a job/career/education somebody just capitalizing off tax dollars most likely. All power to him but he ain't nobody special weirdo post World of Warcraft on IG at 2-4am and you people act like he's so awesome or pics of comics and you guys act like you're collectors. For God sakes he posted himself in a skirt and you people defended that.

Dr Kumar Singh MD
Dr Kumar Singh MD

@James Lowery @Dr Kumar Singh MD I'm just saying that it's clearly NOT as impressive a collection if all the kicks are in GRADE SCHOOL sizes.

And since he started collecting when he was a little kid, I'm sure his foot has grown.  So get rid of the the Kids sizes and wear a man's shoe size.

Kicksiscrack
Kicksiscrack

So why even read it? These blogs are full of cornball stuff anway...let him live and do you



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