Angel Gonzalez of Sneaker Freaker Magazine has seen firsthand what addiction can do. But not the typical addictions to substance so commonly seen on the streets. Gonzalez likens the most extreme aspects of sneaker collecting to an addiction with similar symptoms including withdrawal, where obtaining the newest and hottest sneakers at any cost is of the utmost importance, even if it resorts to violence. The threat of armed robbery, physical violence, and even murder is a very real danger for those waiting in line at marquee releases. At what point does sneaker collecting become something more than a hobby? Should those waiting for the latest releases require police protection in order to get home safely? You can read the full story over at Sneaker Freaker Magazine while an excerpt is seen below.
Withdrawal from collecting sneakers?
is this a serious article?
It's crazy. Have you seen the lines at the Nike shoes shop in Santa Monica? I just don't understand.