Originally Posted by xbiker47
Majority of that stuff is coming from the same connect, for example all those wear test 5s. A certain individual had a lot of them for sale a while back.
Best believe, none of that stuff is coming free.
Many of these "name brand" collectors definitely lose money on their collections - keeping up with the Joneses and what not. Now, if the love is genuine, and the cash is plentiful, then who cares; just make yourself happy.
But, this thing is a business - what the hell reason would there be for some Nike exec or NBA ball boy to give pairs away to some shoe-perstar. Take a risk, give away and asset, for what - so some dude a bunch of teenagers follow on Instagram can have one more pair, or complete their set of rare samples?
Once you know how the sausage gets made, it's a lot less glamorous. Pretty much anybody who isn't a total moron and who has legit money to toss around can become one of these dudes - don't let anybody convince you that it takes anything other than a willingness to spend a whole lot of money.
This is to take nothing away from any of these dudes. I respect plenty of the dudes to whom these comments apply, and am "sneakerfriends" with several of them. But, there's no magic involved, and there are almost no free gifts.