SELECT Collections: BikeManX
Like with any collectible item, when it comes to sneakers, there are countless different types of collectors with varying tastes and areas of focus. If you have a little money to spend, it’s not that difficult to put together a decent sneaker collection, but since the early days of the culture, it’s always been about having what the next man didn’t and nowadays, that’s harder to do than ever. With the sneaker industry booming in recent years, getting your hands on the shoes you want has become an increasingly harrowing process, but while large crowds amass to get their hands on the latest new release each weekend, many seasoned collectors have chosen to go a different route altogether.
Rare samples, limited editions, and player exclusives have been around for a good while, but with so many sharks now in the water, demand for these gems has grown exponentially and the market values have reflected the thirst. For some collectors though, that’s the next logical step when the mass appeal general releases no
longer do it for them and putting together an arsenal of rare treasures becomes something of an art. We’ve seen so many great collections at this point that we’re generally not really wowed unless we see the types of shoes that nobody else has.
For New York collector, Gerald Morales, that’s not a problem. Better known to the sneaker game as BikeManX or PE Gee, Gerald has been at it for years compiling a killer stockpile of drool-worthy rarities across a number of brands and genres. Above them all, his true love is the Air Force 1 and his collection surely reflects that passion, but for now, we’re giving you a look at some of his other prized pairs. Enjoy this look at some of BikeManX’s personal favorites with a gallery of heat that barely scratches the surface of what’s hidden in all those boxes. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon, featuring an in-depth journey into one of the most impressive AF1 collections you’ll ever see.
Name: GERALD MORALES aka BikeManX
From: Bronx, NY
SN: Approximately how many pairs of sneakers do you own?
BikeManX: 700. Quality over quantity.
SN: What was the first shoe you ever fell in love with?
BikeManX: The Air Raid. The “Live Together Play Together” version.
SN: How many years have you been seriously collecting sneakers?
BikeManX: 14 years.
SN: What’s your favorite genre to collect?
SN: How did you make that jump from buying the stuff that anybody can get in a store to the crazy rare samples and PEs of the world?
BikeManX: I made the jump to samples and PEs because I was tired of buying shoes and seeing everybody else wearing the same shoe. I wanted to be different and target something everybody couldn’t get, but as far as where I get my stuff from, let’s just say I know some connected folks.
SN: What’s your favorite model of all time?
BikeManX: The Air Force One.
SN: What was the first super rare pair you ever acquired and how did you get them?
BikeManX: The first rare shoe I ever got was the Terror Squad Air Force 1. A friend gave it to me as a gift.
SN: What’s the craziest thing you ever had to do to get a pair of shoes you wanted?
BikeManX: Jordan 23 “Bred”. I camped out for two weeks freezing my ass off in the cold at House of Hoops in Harlem.
SN: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a pair and what was the shoe?
BikeManX: The most I’ve ever spent on a shoe was $1800 on a pair of Kobe denim AF1s.
SN: What’s the crown jewel of your collection – the one centerpiece that you hold above all the rest?
BikeManX: I’d have to say the Duckman Jordan 5.
SN: What’s your ultimate grail that’s missing from your collection – the one shoe at the top of your wish list if you could get your hands on it?
BikeManX: The white and Gold Fukijama Undefeated Entourage AF1 from the HBO series Entourage.
SN: What are a few shoes that are heavy in your current rotation?
BikeManX: My white on white AF1s. My black/cement Jordan 3s. My Bred Jordan 4. My Oregon Duckman 5s and my Atmos Air Max 1.
SN: What percentage of your collection is worn and how much is deadstock?
BikeManX: I wear 70% of my stuff. 30% is deadstock.
SN: What’s the most recent pair you’ve picked up?
BikeManX: A pair of Nike AF1 Rasheed Wallace promo samples. All navy blue suede and white suede in the toe box. They’re CRAZY!
SN: What are some shoes you’re currently on the hunt for?
BikeManX: I’m on the hunt for two versions of the Marshall Faulk AF1 PE with the St. Louis Rams logo the heel.
A big thanks to Gerald for sharing this look at his collection. Stay tuned in a few weeks when we dive into his amazing Air Force 1 stockpile!