February 16, 2017

11 Valentine’s Gifts Sneakerheads Actually Wanted

As far as romantic Valentine’s Day overtures go, gifting your significant other something considered and heartfelt is the best way to show that you understand their wants and needs. Still, it can be rough. Condensing your ineffable feelings into a tangible item is a feat – because, surely, any product is but a candle in the sun compared to your burning love… unless of course you’re dating a sneakerhead.

Granted, they may love you – but will they ever feel the same way for you as they do for the pebbled leather on their ‘Cement’ 3s, or the unadulterated white Boost midsole on their NMDs? Who can say. Being a sneakerhead is an affliction that makes rectangular boxes immeasurably more alluring than heart-shaped ones. Since it’s an affliction we too are burdened with, we’ve compiled this cheat sheet to buying better Valentine’s gifts for sneakerheads. You might not find the gift you bought your sneaker-loving Valentine in here, but you will find the one they wanted.

INCENSE HOLDERS

Lighting up your loved one’s sneakers isn’t something we’d usually advise. But, then again, if those sneakers were artisan-crafted ceramics like these ACRONYM x Nike Air Presto-inspired incense holders – you’d be a step closer to igniting a burning desire as well as perfumed spices. If they’re not so into incense and prefer lighting up some, say, fragrant sage, then something like this TN treat from Gatorbeug would work just as nicely.

STORAGE BOXES

If you live with your sneaker-obsessed significant other, then you already know how much space sneakers can take up – especially the dozen kept on hand as part of their weekly rotation. Do both of you a favour: get them a novelty sized sneaker storage box (like this one, custom made for LeBron) and make more room in the bedroom for activities.

RARE LEGO

You might not be able to find your guy or gal their grail, but you can definitely get it built for them. Tom Yoo is a Lego lord who crafts rare and beautiful creations, giving single pieces purpose by combing them into a greater whole. Grab one for your sneaker sweetheart and tell them it’s a visual representation of your love. Tell them whatever you like, actually, because once they’re playing with it they probably won’t be listening any more.

'KISS MY AIRS' DOORMAT

Welcome love into your life with a kiss. Whether they’re smooching your Airs or you’re kissing theirs, this Overkill x Nike doormat is the perfect way to introduce something new into the relationship.

UNDEFEATED ASH TRAY

It’s known that sneakerheads love super-limited accessories. But what’s less known is that getting them one for Valentine’s is a sure-fire step to getting them to love you, too. Coming from the store that brought us one of the rarest Jordan 4s ever, this UNDEFEATED ashtray is a must have. Even if they don’t smoke, perhaps they could use it to collect the ash from all that incense?

SNEAKERS: THE TRUMP CARD GAME

Proving that you don’t need to have hearts to have heart, this card game offers the chance to share the love of sneakers and learn something while doing so. A slight twist on an old favourite, Sneakers: The Trump Card Game has informative blurbs on memorable releases, and uses stats and opinion to decide on the greatest sneaker of all time. As it’s best enjoyed with two or more players, you’ll learn more about each other’s tastes than ever before.

PINS

A sneakerhead doesn’t want a corsage or boutonniere, they want a sneaker pin. While not as entrenched in romantic custom – a Yeezy, Raf or Jordan pin is a far more favourable way for them to wear their heart on their sleeve.

JASON MARKK

Never underestimate how romantic a bit of pampering can be. In most relationships, this might involve balms and bath bombs – but when you’re dating a sneakerhead, you’re best to substitute washes for wipes and lotions for premium micro-fibre towels. Get the job done right with Jason Markk. There’s even a limited edition UNDEFEATED collaborative kit going right now for the colab crazed.

'ABCs FOR THE LITTLE Gs'

If you welcomed a sneakerhead into your life long ago, are past the point of pampering, and instead want to introduce infant’s sizing into your life – ABCs for Little Gs is the gift you’re looking for. The book will ensure that your little one learns their ABCs the right way: with Air Max, Bapestas and Converse.

SNEAKER LITERATURE

You can never go wrong giving the gift of knowledge, and since smart is sexy you’re likely to benefit from this too. Bless them with any seminal industry text like Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, Bobbito Garcia’s Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture or the latest copy of All Gone and then reap the rewards.

A SUBSCRIPTION TO THE WORLD'S BEST BOOGAZINE

Less of a gift and more a new way of life, a Sneaker Freaker subscription is a VIP pass into the wonderful world of sneakers. By signing your Valentine up to our tri-annual boogazine you’ll be giving them access to collectors, comprehensive retrospectives and industry insights like nothing they’re seeing in their timeline. They’ll love you for it, promise.

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