With thought put into their every step, sneakerheads stay on the lookout for shoes that are killing the game.

Chris Morikami, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, collects sneakers as a hobby. He started when he was just a freshman.

“A sneakerhead is basically a person who is really involved in the sneaker culture, like being into Nike, Adidas or Jordans," Morikami said. 

Sneakerheads identify as two different types, he added:

“It’s a sneaker enthusiast who knows a lot about the shoe, like its history or even other information like the drop times, or where to get them. … A sneakerhead is very knowledgeable about the shoe game and knows it all."

The JFK senior participates in online raffles to try his luck at different shoes offered as prizes. Unfortunately, he has yet to take home a new pair of shoes.

In addition to his love for his growing sneaker collection, he uses social media outlets like Facebook or Snapchat to participate in various sneaker groups, along with promoting the shoes he has for sale.

“I either wear it for personal usage, hold them or sell them right away because the value of a shoe can fluctuate through time," Morikami said.

Although some sneakerheads buy and sell shoes to keep their collection up to date, some prefer to keep their collection close and wear their favorite shoes daily.

A culture for the sole

Alan Borja, a senior at George Washington High School, fell in love with tsneaker culture in the middle of his freshman year.

“I saw one of my friends with these pair of Vans and it wasn’t just any pair of Vans, it was the 'Revenge X Storms,'" Borja recalled. 

"This shoe lit up my eyes at first sight and it got me so interested that I started watching all kinds of videos. It was just crazy. I fell in love with it and it’s been a part of me since," he said.

Borja believes being a sneakerhead isn’t always about having the nicest or rarest shoes, but about having a genuine love for sneaker culture.

“It’s not about the specific shoe, but the story behind it," he said. 

With a collection mounting to 22 pairs of shoes, Borja rotates wearing his shoes with the different occasions he attends. He has sneakers for school, parties and basketball games that express his personality perfectly.

Guam's sneaker culture connects teens like Morikami and Borja through an uncommon, yet unparalleled fascination in shoes. The small sneaker community keeps each other updated on shoe release dates and buy and trade shoes from one another.

It’s a culture for the sole.


The Scoop coordinator, Spots on The Rock columnist and Life documenter. Email: tihu@postguam.com. Follow Tihu on Twitter and Instagram at @tihualujan.

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