high-top main­te­nance

We talked to sneaker fa­natic Ja­son Burke about his epic col­lec­tion

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You’re an avid sneaker col­lec­tor, and you also sell them on snkr­box.com. How many pairs do you own? I’ve prob­a­bly owned thou­sands of pairs of sneak­ers over the past 30 years. Lately I’ve been down­siz­ing— right now I only have 250. Maybe 500.

How did you get into col­lect­ing? I worked as a buyer for Thomas Bata, but I didn’t re­ally get into sneak­ers un­til Nike re­leased the Air Jor­dans. Michael Jor­dan was re­spected as an ath­lete, re­gard­less of race—and his sneak­ers had street cred­i­bil­ity. Back then, we couldn’t buy sneak­ers on­line. We had to hunt for them.

What are your favourite brands right now? I wear Vans a lot, whether I’m at the beach or cliff-jump­ing in Ja­maica. And of course, Jor­dan is close to my heart, but I only wear them on the bas­ket­ball court.

Which pair would you like your kids to in­herit? My OVO Jor­dan 10s. They were re­leased here dur­ing the NBA All-Star week­end in 2016. They rep­re­sent Toronto at the top of its game.

How many shoes is too many shoes? Too many shoes is when you’re in debt. That’s when you need to turn those shoes into cash. —Gior­dano Ci­ampini

De­signer Yo­hji Ya­mamoto re­worked some of Adi­das’s most pop­u­lar shoes us­ing high-tech ma­te­ri­als. These Y-3 Ryo high-tops are made us­ing win­ter­ized leather, with a de­tach­able wa­ter­proof cover. $525. Store.y-3.com.

The Nike Cortez de­buted as a dis­tance shoe in 1972 and achieved true pop-cul­tural clout as For­rest Gump’s run­ners. Catch this it­er­a­tion in a Blue Jay colour scheme. $120. Nike.com.

John Mayer de­signed his Rick and Morty– in­spired Air Max 90 IDs. He calls the de­sign Pickle Rick. $200. Nike.com.

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