Day 33/366 – Hector lives and breathes (not literally) sneakers.

Name: Hector

Age: 22

Hometown/now residing in: Portland, OR

Currently studying: Marketing at Portland State University.

Working: part-time at the Nike Factory store on MLK in Portland, OR.

Hector aspires to become: an EKIN in New York. EKIN is Nike spelled backwards. They are the liaisons between Nike and their retailers; they educate employees and others about Nike’s latest products.

He was born a passion for footwear: when Hector was only 6 years old, he remembers roaming downtown Los Angeles for the Air Jordan Cherry 12’s (without his mom). It turns out they were not available in preschool size. He owns a pair now and they are super special!

Hector owns: roughly 155 sneakers. They are in their original boxes. All are in a men’s size 10 and one pair is in a women’s size 11. They are on racks, stacked in boxes and under his bed.

Hector is drawn to sneakers that tell a story – which explains his extensive collection of Nike SB’s. His favorites are these two:

  • Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Tiffany’ (on the L): otherwise known as the “Tiffany” for its striking resemblance to the signature mint colored Tiffany & Co. jewelry box.
  • Nike SB Dunk High ‘Huf’ (on the R): tie dye on the upper is inspired by the San Francisco Giants. This color way was done by the sneaker shop HUF in San Francisco.

Kicks on Hector’s feet: Nike Free Run+ 2 in Black/White-Volt-Varsity Purple.

They are bold, bright and light. He received them as a gift two weeks ago; he only wears them to work. Available at Nike.

Enjoy watching Nike’s Free Yourself “Throwdown” commercial if you haven’t seen it already! 

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