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    One Saturday in August, we went to Oneness Sneaker Boutique on Bardstown Road to interview folks waiting for the countrywide release of the women’s Jordan 1 Retro High Satin Black Toe (retail price: $160).

     

    MICHAEL KONSKY, 30
    ATLANTA

    What time did you get here?
    “I’ve been out here since Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. I drove up here from Atlanta with my cousin, his wife, and nephew and two nieces. They’re asleep right now in the truck. I don’t think we can have tents on this street, but I would’ve had one if allowed. We asked Oneness if they cared when people start lining up, and they said, ‘No, first come, first served.’”

    What’s the resale value of this shoe?
    “For the bigger sizes, like a size nine to 11, they’re up to $800 to $900 right now.”

    Where have you been going to the bathroom?
    “Taco Bell and other places on the strip.”

    Are you going to wear these?
    “Probably.”

     

    PIERRE “SOSA” PAYANA, 34
    MELINDA MARTINEZ, 36
    ATLANT
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    How big is your shoe collection?
    Martinez: “Man, our whole house is shoes. That’s what we do. We buy sneakers.”

    Payana: “We’ve been to California, Louisiana, New York, Boston, Georgia and Florida. We’re going to Philly for a release soon.”

    Martinez: “This is the longest we’ve ever been in line. Like four days.”
     

    What’s a shoe you haven’t been able to find?
    Payana: “The Off-Whites that resell for $5,000.”

     

    DANIEL CALHOUN, 38
    LOUISVILLE

    What’s the first pair that got you into sneakers?
    “The Air Jordan 6. It came out in like 1991. I was in fifth grade and it was my first pair of Jordans ever. My brother had a pair like the year before, and since he got a pair I felt like I had to have a pair.”

    What’s a shoe you haven’t been able to find that you really want?
    “It’s called the Air Jordan 3 Seoul. It was exclusive to Seoul, South Korea. I’ll have to pay like $1,300 for them.”

     

    MOSAA ALYASSERI, 18
    LOUISVILLE

    Everyone else seems to be older than 30.
    “I’ve been doing this since I was 13 years old. I own a shoe resell business. I just opened a spot in Middletown called Nonstop-Onestop Boutique.”

    How big is your shoe collection?
    “Last I counted, like 112 pairs.”

     

    ALARI LARUE, 20
    LOUISVILLE

    How big is your shoe collection?
    “I have all my shoe boxes and they’re like stacked up like a wall.”

     

    This originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of Louisville Magazine under the headline “Whether or Not the Shoe Fits.” To subscribe to Louisville Magazineclick here. To find us on newsstands, click here.

    Photos by Terrence Humphrey, terrencehumphreyphoto.com

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