after moving heaps of sneakers from perth to melbourne, i find keeping the boxes the best way to store them too.
i wear grails if i have them. why wouldnt i wear them?
if i spot sneakers and i wanna know what they are, i ask. generally the person wearing the sneakers is happy to talk about them. i've got some good friends currently where the friendship started with "hey mate, what nikes are they you're wearing?" (either they asked me, or i asked them).
stepping outside my comfort zone - well i wear nikes and everybody knows it. for me to step outside my comfort zone is choosing a pair of lunar based runners, or getting a non retro jordan shoe (the superfly lows i've been loving recently as a good example).
i often check the clearance racks because if there's something i'm after on the racks, it means it will be cheap the best sneakers are cheap sneakers.
i've tried to give back by occasionally giving shoes away. sometimes its because someone i know has told me an interesting story about why they love some shoe i have. sometimes i've worked out that the beggers on smith street are my shoe size and so i give them shoes from the swapmeet stock. recently a friend of a friend tweeted that he'd stepped knee deep in mud in the only pair of sneakers he had brought with him from perth. luckily for him, he was the same size as a pair of those asics that came with the SF issues a couple of swapmeets ago. i gave them to him for nothing. i've gotten other friends sneakers here and there too. because i often get access to cheap sneakers, and i know that the friends need sneakers, i can often get the friends cheap sneakers that are 'good enough' for their purposes. i figure its me helping the karma move around. if i get cheap/free sneakers and cant use/wear them, why wouldn't i help others out by passing them along?
skipping major releases - depends entirely on what shoe it actually is.
all in all, i thought the complex suggestions in the article are pretty good. i'm sure we could come up with some more suggestions to add, but if a lot more people started agreeing with, and acting on the suggestions Complex made, i think the sneaker scene would be a bit better off.