I worked at Nike for about nine years. I started as a janitor. I thought it was only gonna be about six months and then somebody would be like, “Hey, you’re that guy,” and just discover me, ya know? I got the opportunity to design a shoe. I pretty much just went up to the guys who worked in Skate and was like, “You should let me do a shoe.” So this is actually my Dunk. It’s the “Wet Floor” Sign Dunk, inspired by me being a janitor. I’ve actually heard lots of stories about how people have chased this down, which is crazy because I’m that dude who likes to chase stuff down. Now here’s a shoe that’s inspired by me that somebody else is chasing. And I’m, like, part of their passion. Three years later I was able to interview for a position as a footwear developer. I worked as a developer for about five years. I just was realizing that what I really loved was people, and everything that made the sneaker community—not so much sitting behind the desk. I had this idea one day—told some homies I wanted to open up a sneaker-themed coffee shop. I wanted a place for people who love sneakers to be able to go and kick it. Obsessing the perfect cup is the same as chasing down the perfect shoe. When I really started to collect was about 2003—2004, and it started with SBs. Actually, this is probably one of the first pair that I had. OG P-Rod, P-Rod 1. I still wear these. Look at that, how beat they are. That’s what happens when you wear your shoes. My collection in a nutshell? It’s pretty diverse. It’s full of different types of materials, different functions—both sport and non-sport—but really it just represents me because it’s all things that I’m passionate about. When it comes to building a sneaker collection, there’s definitely tons of classics. You got the Dunk, the Air Force 1, the Huarache, Air Max 1…just all those iconic silhouettes. If you’re an aspiring sneakerhead or a person who’s been here for a long time, it doesn’t matter: get what you love. Now that I’m doing the math, it’s been 15 years that I’ve really been doing this, like full-time. It’s crazy! Started when I was in high school. What better way to share your passion than to wear it?