Rare Doesn’t Mean Fresh

Over these last few months, I’ve seen a lot of people being chided on their sneaker choices. There seems to be this school of thought that a sneaker can only be considered “heat” if it’s rare. People feel like if a sneaker is a GR then that makes it less fresh for some reason.

This school of thought irritates me, and I’m here to make a counter-argument. I feel that a shoe’s exclusivity has nothing to do with how dope it might be. Here’s why.

If something’s whack, it’s whack. Limited quantities should not make a sneaker any more appealing. If you buy a sneaker just because it’s rare and not because you like it, what does that make you? You’re right, it makes you a hypebeast. As much as I don’t care to throw that term around that’s pretty much the dictionary definition: someone who buys something because it’s limited, not because they like it.

Therefore, not liking something because it’s not limited also puts someone in the realm of hypebeastry. Just because more people might be wearing the same shoe that you are shouldn’t change your opinion. Look at the Mocha 3’s for example. When those dropped, nobody wanted them. They SAT. Now that it’s not as easy to get your hands on them, they’ve become “heat” for some reason, and everyone talks about how fresh they are. Why is that? Because they’re harder to get now than they were 10 years ago?

A white-and-poop brown sneaker is still a white-and-poop brown sneaker. It’s not any less, uh, poopy just because it’s more difficult to get now.

To sum this rant up, buy what you like. If it’s a GR, great. If it’s limited, great. All that matters if is it’s fresh or not. So think before you cop! Don’t get caught up in the hype.


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