SELECT Collections: Ken W.

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As we’ve seen here in our SELECT Collections features, there are all sorts of collectors out there with all sorts of different tastes and approaches to the kind of stuff that they hunt down. While Air Jordans and LeBrons will always be a popular starting point, some individuals are more dedicated than others when it comes to the funds and legwork that they’re willing to pour in to cross off the rare and elusive items on their sneaker wishlists. While most of us just drool over photos of these high-priced and hard to find items from afar, there are those who go all in and pull out all the stops to get their hands on the kind of stuff that others can only daydream about owning.

Ken W. from Chicago dabbled in Jordans over the years, but the obsession bug didn’t bite him until a little later in life. Since then, he’s more than made up for lost time by putting together a stunning arsenal of the most coveted Air Jordan and Nike Basketball gems from the last few years. Being on the elder side of the sneakerhead demographic doesn’t make the infatuation any less fervent and it also means being set up in life and having the resources to go treasure hunting for rare sneaker gems. While he make take some ribbing from friends about keeping most of these conquests in deadstock condition, Ken looks at it like collecting art and doesn’t seem to bat an eye at prods from the “made to be worn” advocates.

In theory, it would be great to get a pair of Oregon Vs and wear them as beaters, but most people who track down a pair just aren’t going to do that and Ken isn’t afraid to admit it. Wearing all your shoes versus collecting deadstock pairs will always be a heated discussion, but you have to realize that for some people, it’s more about collecting than wearing. You don’t wear a piece of fine art or have a catch with a baseball signed by Mickey Mantle, so we need to just accept that there are all types of sneaker enthusiasts out there, and what’s really important is the love for the culture and not what people do with the shoes once they get them home.

Regardless of what he’s doing or not doing with his sneakers, there’s no question that Ken has amassed one of the more impressive collections around and we’ve got the highlights for you just ahead. In addition to just sharing his collection, he and some friends really went the extra mile by taking photos of the shoes in different spots all over Chicago, using well-known city landmarks, themed settings, and sneaker shops as the backdrops. There’s a jaw-dropping array of sneaker heat in the following pages, so get comfy and dig in for an all killer, no filler look at Ken W.’s amazing assortment, and stay tuned for more inside looks at the world’s top collections here on SN SELECT in 2014.

59 comments
Lilmr81
Lilmr81

God damn!!! What else can be said?

CK16
CK16

it is insane this guy has both lebronald palmers, i honestly still cant believe this a month after reading this article lol who is this guy!?!

Csears17
Csears17

Only buys limited pairs and never wears them? Sounds like a term people love to use these days

RickJohnson2
RickJohnson2

There is some MAD HEAT in this collection!  I'm hatin because I don't have any of these.  Seriously……thanks for sharing this collection with us mere mortals.

jasonsd
jasonsd

one of the best collections out there, very humble guy and pleasure to see hs collection in person! Congrats Kenny!! 

MeistTimon
MeistTimon

the hate on this post is crazy. Let the man live. i for one respect his reasoning for not wearing the shoes. down the road when everyone has destroyed their pairs he will have them in pristine deadstock condition for others to enjoy and see at events besides the web. I am a bit jealous because i cant afford any of these and would love to do so, but more power to this man and his sick collection. hope to see it in  person one day.  

lijmahn
lijmahn

Not only is Ken a great guy, he has a sick collection. He has put tons of time into this hobby and deserve the respect of keeping your comments to yourself because you realy need the fucking attention?. He has put hard work into his hobby. Explain to me what there is to hate? A nice guy who helps people out, and loves and respects his collection, and has worked his ass off to get it. 

NickMont1
NickMont1

Airkenny has the sickest collect going, not to mention a hell of a nice dude.mad props much respect Ken.

keegan_ryan_
keegan_ryan_

By far the most impressive shoe collection I have seen. He must have worked very hard for these!

keegan_ryan_
keegan_ryan_

" .....But my most recent pick is one that I got very lucky with, and one of my

favorite pairs – I was able to get the Oregon 5s......"


Ho was he able to get these if they release in February? Also, where could he have gotten them? Samples maybe?

DimeBagOfSwoosh
DimeBagOfSwoosh

I look at some of these comments and all I think about is, who cares? Even though he clearly spent a shitload of money for those shoes, it is obvious that he is in it for the love of the hobby, not just out to make the quick dollar. It's the same conversation that they have about classic cars, about how guys there go on and on about how cars should always be driven, instead of letting them sit in the garage, the museum, etc. Well, if you leave certain things like the fluids in too long without being used, you might have some trouble, but at the same time you're not going to drive a Duesenberg as often as you drive a Honda Civic. Because for some people, the cars are more than just mere machines or a mode of transportation, they are legitimate works of art, and art that is quite rare, mind you; therefore you want to indeed keep it in the best condition as possible. Doesn't necessarily have anything to do with an investment. I just take it as one of those "to each his own" kind of things. So I don't begrudge other sneaker enthusiasts if they wish to keep their shoes pristine.

kck7
kck7

…. I would love to say this is an amazing collection, but its not a collection, its an investment. Anyone with some disposable income could put this together in no time. Hit up eBay and start clicking buy it now… and when the owner doesn't wear any of them, he is simply investing, not collecting. The guy won't wear them because he can't bare the thought of losing the thousands he drops on each pair. Yes, people do not wear fine art, because fine art is meant to be hung on a wall and visually enjoyed. Sneakers are meant to be enjoyed by putting them on your feet and wearing them. Wear your shoes. 

boogieblind
boogieblind

he's got some damn nice Lebrons! However it's funny that he keeps mentioning that other guys paid more for the same shoes. That doesn't make it any less insane to spend that much money for shoes imo.

metaleggman
metaleggman

Yeah, the only difference is that real art is 1 of 1, or is made in a series, like prints, where each is slightly different.  A baseball signed by a player is, again, a one of one.  Shoes?  A commodity Nike can fix up a pair of any time they please.

VNTG_BMW
VNTG_BMW

are you serious? 2% thats 2 pairs per hundred that makes no sense you have some of the best shoes that have ever been made by nike, im pretty sure that when they were made they didnt intend for the buyer to treat them like a Mona Lisa and just hang them on a wall never to be touched. shoe dont last forever take a lesson from my main man clark kent WEAR YOUR SHOES 

jhodge540
jhodge540

awesome collection good on you!


csole
csole

**** S H O E C A G O **** - don't look for it, for it will find you!

Anthony Supreme
Anthony Supreme

Ken W. is actually a level 90 Wizard. You fuck niggas can't keep up with his DPS. #SUS

kw21270
kw21270

yea but he doesnt sell them....so I dont think it fits that term that you and so many are quick to use....consider definition of a collector

JayTZ
JayTZ

@keegan_ryan_ They are all over eBay. Search Jordan retro 5 Oregon Ducks. As kck7 said, all you have to do is click buy it now, drop between $3000 and $7000, and you can have a pair too! 

kck7
kck7

@DimeBagOfSwoosh Did you just compare a 1 of 1 - 1927, or a 1 of 13, hand built 1926-1927 Duesenburg, which holds a number 4 spot of the top 10 cars ever sold at auction, at a price of 10.34 million…. to pairs of rubber, glue and shitty fabric sneakers that are cheaply manufactured in China by machines for 3 bucks a pair, will be unwearable in the next 5 to 7 years, and inevitably will turn to dust?? Smh the shoe game really has hit rock bottom.

kw21270
kw21270

So you don't approve of a collection of cars compared to a collection of rare sneakers?  Is there any comparison you would agree with?  The sports enthusiast who collects the autographed baseball, baseball bat, etc.?  the stamp collector who collects stamps? the spoon collector who collects spoons (ohh wait, that's not a good example)?  Anyways, baseballs and baseball bats were meant to be used in the game of baseball and stamps were meant to be used to mail a letter.  Bottomline, if someone finds a collection that they enjoy, what is it of your concern?  Your comments concerning the investment potential seems to contradict your statement that the sneakers will be dust in 5-7 years.  I think the person who has an autographed baseball would love it if the baseball was also worth money.  Many collections have economic benefits.  But the shoes in my collection are there for a reason, because I love them and, in some cases, I have searched for over a year to find the shoe that I love in my size.  I have been offered many rare shoes and turned them down even though the offers were for great prices.  My turning down a rare shoe for a great price doesn't seem to support your conclusion that I am in this for investment purposes, and not for collecting.  It's all good though, many people like yourself jump to conclusions; I try not to.

Ayyyyyyyyy
Ayyyyyyyyy

Bullshit u don't know what your talking about I. Know him personally and it's nothing like that he does it for the shoes just as someone would collect anything else cause it sparks an interest to em and amazes em to look at it everyday not a investment

RoyMerkx
RoyMerkx

@kck7 i  feel u bro, he got a collection with all of my favorite shoes, but please wear them.

kw21270
kw21270

@NikeLovesYouALL @justinamazing1 @sneakernews Justinamazing is desperately trying to stay relevant by posting on my article…..this guy Justinamazing made repeated posts on sneakernews IG hoping to get attention…Old school sneakerheads remember when this dude would show up to an event with size 16 shoes looking like bozo just because the shoes were heat.  Anyone that has been collecting for awhile tells me that this dude is biggest reseller and hype beast….


kck7
kck7

@RoyMerkx @kck7 Its nice to know someone agrees with me. If all these pairs had dirty soles and creased toe boxes, I would have mad respect, instead these gems are all locked away from the world where they will eventually separate from the soles and turn to dust. Such a shame. 

justinamazing1
justinamazing1

@kw21270 @justinamazing1 @sneakernews So since I wear the shoes I buy I'm the hypebeast? This is coming from the guy who bought all his pes in the last year and a half and is scared to wear them. Now you tell me who is the hypebeast?

Crazy4kickz
Crazy4kickz

Yea because if you wear them they won't separate from the soles or turn to dust even sooner #clueless



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