Jermaine is my name. "Phase2" is my alias.
I'm just an average guy from Alaska with a not-so-average appreciation for shoes. Some say that it's an addiction, but I definitely wouldn't go that far. I've been deeply interested in this sneaker industry since roughly around 2002. That's when I first started seeking out for more information and since then, I've turned into a "knowledge spunge" for anything regarding this sneaker sub-culture. The origin of my sneaker affection roots back to my childhood...
As a child growing up, I never had Michael Jordan's shoes. My Dad and my older brother had a few pairs since they played basketball a lot more than I did. I just never had any reason to ask for pairs since I didn't get into basketball until around the 5th Grade. I used to walk into local shoe stores just to try on the Jordans that were on display. I mainly settled for Adidas Superstars and Puma Suede models since they were in the reasonable price range for me. Because I didn't have too many shoes in my rotation growing up, I eventually developed an interest in keeping my shoes clean for longevity purposes. I frequently bought shoe cleaning kits from Foot Locker, and during the visits there, I definitely enjoyed seeing what the newest shoes looked like in person.
Middle school/High School eventually came around, and I really started out with a strong attraction to all white Nike Air Force One shoes. As an Allen Iverson fan, I usually spiced things up with different Reebok Questions & Answer IV's in my rotation. The white/orange Air Force One Mid was my first non-white pair, and that eventually helped diversify my interests. Since I was a fan of the thick AF1, the thinner Nike Dunk wasn't always attractive to me early on. But, after buying my first pair with the help of my buddy Dan (Twisted Prep Dunk Low), that's really when everything blew up. Around the same time, I also finally pulled the trigger on my first pair of Jordan shoes. They were the white/cement Air Jordan III Retros from 2003. I always wanted to order the 2001 True Blue and Mocha pairs from Eastbay, but I never got around to doing so. When these white/cement pairs released, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity. To this day, I still have them with the original box and retro card and they aren't going anywhere else.
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