If you’re a die-hard sneakerhead, you’ve done it once. Maybe you’ve done it twice. Hell, maybe you do it every time you lace up a fresh pair of kicks. If you couldn’t figure out what I was talking about in the last sentence (or you just didn’t read the title for some reason), I’m talking about the sneakerhead walk.
For those that aren’t familiar, the sneakerhead walk is essentially walking around like you’ve hurt yourself and don’t want to bend your toes or lift your feet off the ground. It’s been compared to walking like a duck, and walking like someone who just suffered a severe leg injury. It’s embarrassing……and even though you might think otherwise, it’s very noticeable. When I was at TCSAX5 last weekend, I was talking to the squad at the Create Karma table, and my friend Joel mentioned how funny it was that there were large groups of people shuffling around the halls as if they were injured.
So why do we do it? Simple. We don’t want to crease or in any other way mess up our prized kicks. We might have paid several hundred dollars (or more) for them, and the thought of messing them up makes us sick.
This is understandable. It’s hard to mess up something that you invested in. However, they’re shoes. Unless you bought them solely to collect, you’re supposed to wear them. So what do you do? How do you avoid doing the sneakerhead walk, but avoid messing up your kicks as well?
There are a few different solutions. You can just say “forget about it” and beat your kicks to your heart’s content. You can only wear your kicks places you know you won’t have to walk much. You can buy some Sneaker Shields. Whatever it may be that you do, try to keep the goofy walking to a minimum. It’s unavoidable sometimes, but make your best effort to tone it down. After all, it doesn’t matter if your kicks are clean when you’re waddling around like a duck.