Community Collections travels to the Windy City to put the spotlight on a sneaker enthusiast who has a stock that most people could only dream of. Anita Notta resides out of Chicago with a collection that consumes an entire room. Originally hooked on George of the Jungle’s favorite, Anita is the owner of many rare silhouettes that are nearly impossible to find on the modern market. From Michael Jordan‘s first ever Swoosh shoe (not the Air Jordan 1), to Dennis Rodman‘s Converse and Marty McFly‘s Nikes, this collection can only be understood through picture proof.
Work your way through the following pages to see highlights and commentary on Anita’s entire sneaker stash, including her Most Rare Pair and Most Frequent Wear. Drop a line on what you think of his collection in the comment section at the bottom of the page, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for everything sneakers. Our thanks to Lorianne Notta Photography for the images of Anita’s collection!
Name: Anita Notta
City: Chicago, IL
“I don’t stick to one category or brand (even though I am a Nike fanatic). I have a wide assortment of just about everything. I try and stick to shoes with nostalgia and something that is unique in design and materials. It’s easy to collect or buy something that you just plain like. Especially with the amount of releases there are per month, as well as the abilities to customize. If I were going with that philosophy, I’d be in the thousands with my collection, and I never want to get to those kind of numbers, headaches upon headaches!
The time I started getting serious about buying shoes was in high school, in 2003. I just quit the basketball team and had some time on my hands. I paid more attention in that particular time in my life to sneakers, and that was probably the best era within the community. I discovered NikeTalk and, well, ‘nuff said. It was more of an underground scene, it was still new and exciting. Now, it’s a lot different with all of the attention collectors and releases receive due to social media and the Internet. Happens to everything in life, but doesn’t mean it sucks now. I still enjoy collecting and talking sneakers, but I definitely dig for nostalgia. Not only is this still fun for me, but I have met some of my best friends through this hobby. I collect for myself, not for anyone else’s attention/likes/follows.”