We regularly see him sporting the latest hot releases, and a while back he even dipped into the NIKEiD customisation hub to create his own Air Maxes. But singer-songwriter John Mayer says his sneaker obsession started with Jays.
‘It’s historic for me,’ says Mayer regarding his first pair of AJ5s. ‘It was like a car. We’d wear it to school, and then I’d put it on the table and I’d take a bowl and I’d put water and dish soap in it, and I would take a toothbrush and I would just, [scrubbing motion]. I remember the sort of texture of that leather, these little tiny micro-dots. Just working on those micro-dots and trying to keep it clean, ‘cause that was like my car, I might as well have been washing a car.’
After professing his love for the Air Jordan 5 ‘Grape’, he goes on to say his tastes have shifted to the Nike’s contemporary sock-like silhouettes such as the Presto and Air VaporMax.
‘[It] maybe the best silhouette of a sneaker in a really, really long time,’ he says regarding Errolson Hugh's ACRONYM x NikeLAB Air VaporMax Flyknit Moc 2. ‘I feel like certain sneakers outlast their lifecycle in terms of being hip and you just can always wear them.’
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