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Community Collections takes a trip to the left coast to feature a well-known sneaker enthusiast from Oakland. T. Penick, better known as Retropen23, now resides is Los Angeles with a collection that is literally stacked to the ceiling. Mixing in a few other brands for variety, this collector’s stash is 98% Nike and Air Jordan. Although Penick’s collection starters and stock are mostly Michael Jordan models, the ultimate favorite is actually one of LeBron James’ most popular productions.

Work your way through the pages to hear Retropen23’s sneaker story with personal commentary and highlights of the Most Rare Pair and Personal Favorite. Leave your feedback in the comment section at the bottom of the page, and keep streaming Nice Kicks for everything sneakers.


Name: T. Penick
City: Oakland/Los Angeles, CA
Instagram: @Retropen23
Size: 8.5-9.5
Started: 2000

Collection Summary:

“My collection has a variety of shoes in it. I don’t have a theme, except that 98% of my shoes are Nikes. I have Jordans, KDs, LeBrons, Kobes, Vans, Reeboks, Supras, Air Maxes, Air Force 1s and the list goes on. I started wearing Jordans in 1997, and I started buying Jordans with my own money in 2000. Back then, I only had to miss first period to get my Jordans. Now, depending on the shoe, it might take a few days. Ha! My problem is that I like and want too much. In my opinion, you can never have enough shoes. I must admit that loving shoes the way I do is very expensive, but well worth it. Most people don’t know all of the things that sneaker heads like myself have to go through in order to get certain shoes. Since I’m on the West Coast, I have to wake up at 4:45 a.m. to try to get a shoe on multiple sneaker websites on Saturdays. Or, I might have to camp out a day or three in order to secure my pair. It can be very emotional when you do or don’t get a shoe you have been after, but at the end of the day it’s all worth it.”

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