One of the original reasons we started this blog was because we know that shopping online can be a highly impersonal experience. Even though you’re shopping with us, you never see our faces and often never hear our voices. You don’t get a sense that someone is there to help you. And that might discourage you from asking for help in the first place if you need it.

We want to let you know that yes, there are real people behind your computer screen waiting to serve you and fulfill your shopping needs. Our new Employee Spotlight series not only highlights some of our most hard-working employees. It also gives you a glimpse into who we are.

Vince, Shoe Metro's sneaker fiend

Vince, Shoe Metro's sneaker fiend. Photo by Chris.

We’ll kick it off today with Vince. Vince has been working with us for the past two years in our Listing Department. In his short time, he’s worked his way up to become the top Lister and the department’s Training Supervisor. However, when he’s not at Shoe Metro, Vince is an avid sneaker collector. We asked Vince some questions about his sneaker obsession:

So how many shoes do you have in your collection?
I stopped counting a few years ago. But I’d guess about 150 pairs now.

When did you start collecting sneakers?
I’ve always been into shoes since middle school but I never had the money to afford them. So I didn’t seriously get into collecting until high school when I got my first job—a “Sandwich Artist” at Togo’s. And that was actually one of the main reasons I got a job in the first place.

That’s awesome. But why sneakers? Why not rocks or stamps or something?
It’s just like any other hobby, but shoes have a sense of style. Some people get tattoos, some people get piercings, weird haircuts, and whatnot. Shoes are just my way of doing it. They don’t just sit in my room like a shrine. I wear them too. I sometimes buy two pairs of shoes: one to keep [in my collection], one to wear. I never buy anything that doesn’t look good, that I wouldn’t wear myself.

You actually just recently got a pair of the much-hyped Nike Jordan Space Jam’s, right? How much did you pay for those?
Well, they retail for $175. I had to wait online at the exact moment they were released. I was waiting on four different websites on two different computers. And after all those websites crashed, I went on eBay, found a trusted seller, and got them for $250 …… And then eventually, I got a second pair, too. Haha!

What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a pair of sneakers?
Hmmm …… I think around $300. They were the Nike SB Dunks Stussy’s. Back in the day, Nike SB’s used to only cost around $60. But then it blew up and became so popular that everybody started selling them for a lot more. I guess I went with the hype a little bit. But I just really wanted this colorway. It was brown and pink—yes, pink. [laughs] Seriously, how many big guys you know that’re gonna be rocking pink? Maybe one, right? And that’s me!

Alright. So if you knew you were going out on a blind date with a girl you’ve never met, would you hope she came in stiletto heels or Nike Dunks?
Probably Nike Dunks. Unless the girl’s wearing red stiletto heels. And a black dress [daydreaming] …… Oh wait, sorry, haha. Yeah, but I’m just really attracted to girls in Nike Dunks. Because it’s a rarity. Those girls are like diamonds in the rough. And then on top of that, it’s like an icebreaker for us. We can talk about sneakers all day long. And if she had a pair of Space Jam’s? Oh man ……

A peek at Vinces collection. Photo by Vince.

A peek at Vince's collection. Photo by Vince.

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