Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed with sneakers. Even at a very young age, I was fascinated with sneakers and was always asking my parents for a new pair, which they usually got me if I made good grades. At first, all I cared about was having a fresh pair of kicks but in the 7th grade, I received a Christmas gift that completely changed the way I looked at sneakers. They were a pair of Jordan 11 Space Jams and from that point on, I had to have the dopest sneakers around. I became a sneakerhead.
I started selling sneakers in high school. If there was a big Jordan release I would try to save up some money and buy 2 pairs of the same sneaker. The idea was so simple. I would buy one for myself and one to sell. Usually, the money I made from selling the 1 sneaker was enough to cover the cost of the sneaker I kept for myself. The first pair of sneakers I resold was a pair of Jordan 4 Laser White/Red/Black on eBay.
When I went on to college my sneaker obsession slowly started to fade away like it does with a lot of college students. My main priorities were playing basketball and getting a college education. On top of that, I was on a full scholarship playing basketball at the Division 1 level for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers and the NCAA prohibits student-athletes to work. So, no job meant no buying new sneakers.
One of the perks of being on the basketball team meant I no longer had to pay for sneakers. We were sponsored by Nike so every year we usually received about 5 pairs of Nike Basketball sneakers as well as 2 Nike running sneakers for free. Between the sneakers I received for free and all the sneakers I had collected over the years, there was little room in my dorm to store any more sneakers.
After I graduated from college, I went overseas to play professional basketball. In the country I was playing ball in, Jordan sneakers were not nearly as popular as they are here in the United States. So, getting my hands on popular Jordans was easier than ever before. I remember going into the Niketown in the foreign country I was playing basketball in and seeing the Jordan 11 Concords sitting on the shelves. This is when the sneaker entrepreneurial mindset came back. I immediately grabbed the attention of the nearest sales associate and asked for 5 pairs. I bought 1 pair for myself and brought the 4 pairs back home with me on the flight home.
When my short-lived pro ball days were over it was like a sucker punch to the face. My hoop dreams were deflated and it was time for me to step into the "Real World". While I had a college degree, I did not have any work experience so the employers were not knocking at the door. I applied for one job and never heard back (thankfully). So, I began making money the only way I knew how. Reselling sneakers.
What began as a passion for sneakers and a side hustle eventually turned into my profession and the way I made a living. In the early days, I only sold on eBay. eBay was a great platform at the time and allowed me to have a legitimate reselling business but I wanted to create my own website and brand. So, in 2015, I created Dopefoot.com a website where people all around the world can shop for 100% authentic exclusive sneakers, read sneaker related articles, and watch sneaker related videos.