To Rock or Stock? That is the question. Sneakerheads will do almost anything to get their hands on a unique pair of kicks, going to such extreme lengths as hiding in trash cans to score a pair of Retro Jordan 11s to camping for days in sub zero temperatures for the latest Nike Foamposites. How did sneakers become as prized as collectable art? From the shores of Cali to the congested streets of Tokyo, Sneakerheadz examines the cultural influence of sneaker collecting around the world and delves into a subculture whose proud members don’t just want to admire art, they want to wear it.
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★★★½ review by Marianna Mr on Letterboxd
Los tenis causan más muertes al año que los tiburones.
★★★½ review by Dustin Baker on Letterboxd
I don't give a damn really about collecting shoes, though I can appreciate the well designed looks, but I always have fun seeing another culture that has the same OCD collecting habits I do, just about a different subject. You recognize the similar traits and feel a kinship. ...as sad as that is... But the film's structure is also well pieced together, moving fast and covering a lot of larger than life characters. If you're a student of design, there's a lot of eye candy as well.
★★★½ review by antbalzano on Letterboxd
In 10th grade I bought a pair of Nike SB dunks to skateboard in. They are sitting in a shoebox in my basement ripped to shreds. The shoe now sells for $300. I'm not particularly a sneakerhead, but I do have a connection to the culture. That's my opening two cents.
Sneakerheadz was a blanket documentary to a really big culture. Covers a lot of ground in a short period of time. Felt it was geared moreso to people who aren't too aware of the culture so it didn't seem too in depth for me, but I still liked a whole lot. I do like how it tried define the line between hypebeasts and people who actually appreciate the culture behind it, but it definitely could've much more in depth on that end.
A more controlled look at one end of the culture is Complex's Supreme Reseller Docu-series, where it was direct towards one concept, and a lot of what's covered there applies to a section of this film. So in order to not be redundant I feel the film didn't go too far on that topic. Which was good.
The film was put together pretty well so it wasn't just talking heads the whole time. Fun little editing quirks like the glossary at the beginning of the movie kept it fresh.
I guess I'll just say that I'm glad I had a size 14 foot when I was a freshman in high school, otherwise I would've spent thousands on shoes by now.
★★★½ review by whoistyler on Letterboxd
Interesting for fans and "sneaker-lovers" but in the last third they take themselves way to serious.
★★★★½ review by Amanda Sternklar on Letterboxd
I've always been kind of mystified by sneaker culture, so this was a pretty cool watch. Really well done documentary.
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