CounterKicks pitches five questions to one of the world’s biggest LeBron James sneaker collectors: Zach Gallagher. The Ohio-based LeBron connoisseur shares with us numerous photos of his booming collection and also tells us how “The Decision” will affect his future LeBron footwear acquisition plans. Continue reading for the full interview and photos of Zach Gallagher’s ultimate LeBron collection…
CounterKicks: How many pairs of LeBron shoes do you own?
Zach Gallagher: Roughly 170 pairs.
CK: Why did you start collecting LeBron kicks?
Gallagher: I started collecting LeBron’s because I really loved the design of his first shoe (Air Zoom Generation). I missed out on the first few releases in 2003 but once I saw the Wheat AZG’s I had to have them. The Wheat/Wheat AZG was my first pair of LeBron shoes.
CK: Talk about some of the rarer LeBron models you own.
Gallagher: I’ve been really lucky to obtain some of the LeBron shoes I have, some of my rarest ones include weartest models in the Lebron III, two versions of the VI, the 20.5.5 and Soldier I. To me weartest samples are my favorite to collect mainly because those aren’t supposed to leak out of Beaverton. With weartest samples you get to see different prototypes as with my Lebron III Black/Red. Nothing is cooler than owning a true one-of-a-kind prototype sample.
Also, I have a LeBron IV All-Star sample without the graffiti on them and a Wheat/Gum 20.5.5 that I’ve yet to see another pair of either.
CK: What’s your favorite pair in your entire collection?
Gallagher: My favorite pair… I gotta say it’s the Black/Gum LeBron II (promo sample). It’s a pretty basic colorway but the leather is amazing on them and I’m a sucker for gum soles.
CK: What did you think about LeBron leaving Cleveland for Miami, especially with you being an Ohio resident? Will that put any damper on your collection?
Gallagher: Although I am from Ohio and a LeBron collector, to me it’s more about the shoes than LeBron. Yeah, LeBron is my favorite player but I truly love the designs over anything else. The LeBron name pulled me into collecting them but some of the designs are flat out amazing shoes and I would buy without the LeBron name attached.
I wasn’t too pissed with the decision he made. As most people, the way he went about it kinda made me a little mad but I can see why he moved on.
I think it will damper somewhat on the newer releases. I’ve slowed down this summer since “The Decision” but once the season starts up and a couple sample colorways leak out in the LeBron VIII, I’m sure I’ll go after anything I like.
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