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 this sneaker industry since circa 2002, and I've absorbed a lot of information through online shoe forums and websites since then. I guess you could say that I've turned into a "knowledge spunge" 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 growing up. My Dad and my older brother had a few pairs since they frequently played basketball. 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 Air Jordans that were on display. I mainly settled for Adidas Superstars and Puma Suede models since they were in the reasonable price range. I didn't have a large shoe rotation, so I eventually developed an interest in keeping my shoes clean for longevity purposes. I frequently bought shoe cleaning kits from Foot Locker. During my visits there, I enjoyed seeing what the newest shoes looked like in person since I would always drool over the Eastbay catalogs.
Junior High School eventually came around, and I really started out with 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/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 always attractive to me early on. But after buying my first pair with the help of my buddy Dan, 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. I still have them with the original box and retro card and they aren't going anywhere.
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