The double-up. Often discussed, frequently mulled-over, rarely actually done.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the double-up is grabbing two pairs of a shoe that you’re really into. Maybe you want a pair for now, and a pair for later. Maybe you want an extra pair to trade/sell. Maybe you want to flex for the ‘gram and then return a pair Maybe the shoe’s just so damn clean you’ve simply got to have more than one pair on deck.
Maybe you double up frequently. Maybe you never have before. Regardless of your experience with buying two pairs of kicks, there are a few simple rules that you should make sure to follow before you cop two pair (word to Nelly)
Make Sure You Know What You’re Doing With The Second Pair
There’s really no point in grabbing two pairs if you don’t know what you want to do with the second, so be sure you have an idea before you do. No matter if you plan to keep it, flip it to pay for your pair, or display it, it’s always better to have a plan in place before you spend the extra money.
Don’t Do It Just For The Hell Of It
Grabbing two pairs of kicks for the same reason isn’t just an easy way to go broke quick (especially with how sneaker prices are on the rise as a whole), it doesn’t always make sense. Grabbing another pair for the hell of it will ensure you have a shoe sitting in your collection that you won’t get any use out of. Don’t do it just because you can. Save your money for something you actually want.
Wear The First Pair A Lot
This is our personal favorite piece of advice. If you do double up on a pair of shoes you love, wear the hell out of the first pair. You’ve got another crispy pair on deck for whenever you want/need it, so why not use the first pair for what it’s made for? Shoes are supposed to be worn after all, and you’ll get a lot of joy out of rocking a pair of kicks that you really love frequently.
What’s your experience with doubling up on a release? Do you do it frequently? What do you do with the second pair? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire sneaker photos you can handle.