Community Collections wraps up April in Alaska, visiting a sneaker enthusiast who doesn’t lack opportunity. Blessed to be able to wear smaller-sized shoes, Edward Lewis has the opportunity to stock up on exclusives and samples that are near impossible to find on larger levels. Originally hooked by the artistry and design of footwear, Lewis doesn’t shy away from anything. Eddievonclay isn’t necessarily loyal to one make or model, but his personal stash is highlighted by the first WMNS Jordan ever created in 1998, complimented by some of his own personal customs.
Read through the feature to hear Eddie’s sneaker story, and see some of his personal favorites including his Most Rare Pair and Most Frequent Wear. Drop a line with your feedback in the comment section at the bottom of the page, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for everything sneakers.
Name: Edward Lewis
City: Fremont, CA (currently living in Alaska)
“My love for sneakers stemmed from the pure artistry and design aspect involved with producing them to end product. As early as grade school, I was obsessed with sneakers and the different designs of the time. L.A. Gears and British Knights were always adding different elements to shoes that made me want to be a part of the culture. By the time I hit junior high school, I was at the point of no return. If I didn’t have the money to buy the shoes I liked, I would spend all of my time drawing them and adding my own details to the concepts. One of my uncles was a major collector at the time. Every so often when he would come to visit, he would drop off a pair of Jordans he thought I might like. I officially started collecting as a freshman in high school (1998), when I was able to start buying my own sneakers. There has never been a real theme to my collection, other than buying what I like and what looks good to me. I was never really a Jordan purist, or even Nike. If the shoe looked good, and I could find it in my size at a decent price, it was as good as purchased. One of the best things I enjoy about sneaker collecting and the community is seeing the diversity in people’s collections and hearing the different stories attached to the shoes, or the memories they have with them.”