Day 79/366 – Jeff’s kicks are so much more than just sneakers…
Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario / Currently residing in: Portland, OR
Jeff studied: Business at Lakehead University and Multimedia at Confederation College.
Occupation: Future Nike+ Products
Jeff’s sneaker passion: started at age 13. He visited different sneaker shops to see what they carried; he browsed through Nike catalogs; and attended high school basketball tournaments to see what kicks were on the court. The sneakers on Jeff’s feet have always been a form of expression; an avenue to be different. “Sneakers are art,” said Jeff. He played basketball growing up and Michael Jordan has always been an inspiration. Jeff’s first pair of true sneakers and all time favorites today – are the Air Jordan 4’s in black.
Kicks on Jeff’s feet: Air Jordan 1’s in Black/Varsity Red
Jeff heard these Air Jordan 1’s were dropping at Niketown Seattle. At the time, he had no job – $300 left on his card – and his Visa was at its limit. Despite these obstacles, Jeff had to get them. He woke up at 6am, drove from Vancouver to Seattle and arrived by 9am to score 3 pairs – 2 in the black/varsity red color way and 1 in the black/royal blue color way.
An interesting fact via KicksonFire: Michael Jordan was fined every time he laced these kicks up because they didn’t have enough white on them. They were part of a small movement and an inspiration for many shoes to follow.
What’s missing from your collection? “An original pair of Air Jordan 1’s autographed by Michael Jordan himself!”
If you could spend a day with anyone doing anything, who would it be? “My family – my wife and two daughters.” Jeff mentioned that he’s grateful that his wife is super supportive of his love for sneakers.
Curious to know what Jeff is wearing today? Follow him on Instagram: jjatienza. He started documenting the kicks on his feet every day as a way to celebrate his collection. He tries to wear everything and this helps him decide what to wear tomorrow… 🙂
The cherry on top: Jeff’s pug’s name is Sneaker! Thanks a lot, Jeff, for sharing your sneaker passion with the world. I most definitely respect you and your kicks and your passion for them.