Jermaine is my name. "Phase2" is my alias.
I'm just an average guy from Alaska with a not-so-average appreciation for footwear. I've been genuinely interested in the sneaker industry since 2002, and I've definitely absorbed a lot of information through sneaker literature, online forums, and random sneaker dominant websites since then. I guess you could say that I've turned into a "knowledge sponge" for anything regarding this sub-culture. My collecting habits have changed and matured over the years, but the origin of my sneaker affection dates back to my childhood...
I never had any fancy Nikes or Air Jordans during my up bringing. My Dad and my older brother had quite a few pairs since they frequently played basketball in local city league. I just never had any reason to ask for pairs since I didn't get into basketball until around the 5th grade. I can remember walking into local shoe stores just to try on the Air Jordans that were on display. I mainly settled for Adidas Superstars and Puma Suede models since they were reasonably priced. I didn't have a large shoe rotation, so I eventually developed an interest in keeping my shoes clean for longevity purposes. During my visits to the local Foot Lockers, I enjoyed seeing what the newest shoes looked like in person because I would always drool over them in the Eastbay catalogs.
Junior High School eventually came around, and I started building a strong attraction to all white Nike Air Force Ones. As an Allen Iverson fan, I usually spiced things up with different Reebok Questions & Answers in my rotation. The White/Safety-Orange Air Force One Mid from the early 2000s was my first non-white AF1, and that pair eventually helped diversify my interests. Since I was a fan of the thick AF1, the thinner Nike Dunk wasn't actually attractive to me early on. But, after acquiring my first pair with the help of my buddy Daniel, that's when everything started to blow 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 on the opportunity. I actually still have them stashed away in storage with the original box and Retro card.
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