n. A person who collects, trades, or is passionate about running shoes.
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Ghanaian funerals are a big deal. And rather than simply mourn the dead, attendees prefer to celebrate them, too. One way they do it is with wildly creative custom caskets. Artisans there will make caskets in the shape of pretty much anything you like — Coke bottles, race cars, etc. And for sneakerheads, even a favorite sneaker.
—Scott Christian, “Real Sneakerheads Get Buried in Custom Nike-Shaped Caskets,” Esquire, December 05, 2016
Not surprisingly, sneaker culture is far from inclusive of women who get down with the hype and love their kicks. Yet female sneakerheads — women who seriously love and collect sneakers — are a large and passionate base.
—Justin Block, “Why Aren’t Companies More Worried About Female Sneakerheads?,” The Huffington Post, July 14, 2015
“Michael Jordan is, without a doubt, the father of the sneakerhead culture, and still even today,” Luber said.
—Lisa Chow, “You See Sneakers, These Guys See Hundreds Of Millions In Resale Profit,” FiveThirtyEight, October 17, 2014
2000 (earliest)
Fashionista sneakerheads who need hired sherpas to cart along color-coordinated wardrobes, be advised: you want to be wearing as many shoes as you're carrying, so aim for an all-in-one pair of kicks that can take a beating.
—Ben Rubin, “These Shoes Are Made For Walkin…,” StoryGeography, September 15, 2000
The word sneaker feels somewhat modern, so it's eyebrow-raising to learn that the word dates to 1895! It's derived from sneak, a prison slang term that inmates used to refer to the soft-soled (hence noiseless, hence sneaky) shoes worn by guards. That word dates to 1862.
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