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They are known as sneakerheads or kick collectors. This weekend, sneaker and shoe fanatics are uniting in Honolulu.
But there’s much more to this trend than just foot fashion.
Call them kicks, dunks, or sneakers. These shoes are colorful, collectible, and valuable.
“When they first appeared, we had lines out the door for it,” In4mation co-owner Ryan Arakaki said.
Sneaker Culture is spreading across the globe as people invest in and collect limited edition-specialty sneakers.
“I have been from east to the west coast of the United States to Manila, Tokyo — all for sneakers,” DunkXChange co-creator Curtis Brown said.
A collector with more than 300 hundred pairs, Brown started his sole collection at the age of 14 and isn’t alone.
“I like to have the shoes that other people don’t have or different colors that you can’t get,” Arakaki said.
Collectible sneakers can cost hundreds all the way up to tens of thousands of dollars a pair.
“But at the same time, it has a sense of value. You can trade it, keep it. It’s like stocks, too. So later on if you wanted get more money, if you wanted to,” Arakaki said.
As co-owner of In4mation and The Human Imagination Boutique in Chinatown, the local entrepreneur says 30 percent of his profits come from selling kicks.
“We will have people camping out trying to get their hands on it,” Arakaki said.
“The harder they are to get, the more expensive they are going to be. Supply and demand falls into the sneaker categories, just like anything else,” Brown said.
Hawaii sneakerheads will unite to buy, sell, and trade their collections at the DunkXChange at the Blaisdell on Saturday.
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