With the COVID-19 pandemic – or coronavirus – affecting people all over the globe, it’s mandatory for all of us (not only sneakerheads) to help slowing down the spread of this pandemic. Before we get to our more lighthearted commentary, please take these couple of advices to the heart in an effort to flatten the curve:
- Comply with the instructions from experts, public health authorities and your local governments. They all are working in your best interest and the measures they take are intended to keep you and everyone else safe
- If you can, work from home
- Always stay in touch with your loved ones – but avoid direct contact to anyone that’s not a permanent member of your household
- Whenever you leave the house, follow the specific hygiene regulations this special situation requires
- Help protecting at-risk groups – especially older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions
Depending on where you live, you might already feel the impact the coronavirus has on our everyday lives. Some countries, regions or cities are on a complete lockdown while people in other places are at least urged to avoid leaving their homes for any activity not necessary.
So if you have been self-quarantined for quite some time now, already worked through your entire Netflix watchlist, read that book that has been sitting on your shelf for several years and successfully learned to speak Klingon, you’re probably looking for something else to do. And if you’re like us, a little bit of isolation doesn’t affect your love for sneakers. That’s why we thought about some tips on how to spend these quarantine days in a useful way.
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1. Organize Your Collection
It’s about time for that and you know it. Get some order in that chaos of empty shoeboxes and loose kicks that are missing their counterpart. Clean up your collection and put your prized possessions on display as they deserve. Sort them by brand, model, color, year and so on… It might sound like a lot of tedious work – and it probably will be – but trust us: the reward of looking at nicely arranged sneaker shelf is well worth it.
2. Clean Your Kicks
Pic via Nike
It’s spring-cleaning season anyways, so let’s get straight to it. Those dirty AF1s can use a deep cleansing, your runners need some suede care and even that one pair that you didn’t wear in months looks way better after a couple drops of water wash off the dust layer. Don’t forget to put in some shoe trees to help your babies regain shape and add some repel spray while you’re at it.
3. Unload Useless Baggage
Illustrations by Stephen Cheetham
Be honest: There are some sneakers in your stash that you kind of like but you really don’t like wearing them. They pinch your toes, fit too loose or don’t match any of your favorite fits. Let them go. It’s okay. You cleaned them up anyways, now is the time to put them up for sale and move on to better kicks. There might be someone somewhere who’s desperately looking for that same exact model.
4. Reconnect With Your Old Sneaker Buddies
Remember sneaker message boards? Facebook groups? That one person from the other end of the world that sold you a pair of GEL-LYTE IIIs or vintage Le Coq Sportifs for a friendship price? Check in with all of them, ask them how things are going. They might be in a situation very similar to your own right now – or even worse. And as you know, random acts of kindness are a great way to brighten up someone’s day at the moment.
5. Gain Some Sneaker Knowledge
It’s always good to broaden your mind. And since you’re spending most of your day at home now anyways, this is the perfect time. Luckily, there are countless books and magazines for sneakerheads that provide in-depth knowledge on special interest themes. And for some quick brain jogging, you can always prove your expertise in one of our quizzes:
And while you’re at it, also take one of our sneaker-themed personality tests:
6. Use Social Media for Social Distancing
Pic by Dead Stock Sneakerblog for Sneakers Mag
Usually, we’re all with that grumpy-ass “Go out and wear your kicks” mantra. But now is not the time for that. Stay at home and make use of the benefits of Social Media to get in touch with the worldwide sneaker community. If you’re running an Instagram account, go through your camera roll (or smart card) and give some older shots that didn’t make the cut yet another chance. Or get creative and take some new on-foot pics in the comfort of your own home.
7. Help Your Neighbors in Need
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In many countries affected by coronavirus, people are taking part in some form of neighborhood help. The idea’s simple: Those who are not in the COVID-19 at risk groups leave a note in the hallway of their house, offering to buy groceries, medication or run errands for elderly neighbors or people with existing preconditions. So put on your favorite kicks (plus some NEIGHBORHOOD gear, if you want to) and help protect your neighbors.
8. Support Your Local Sneaker Store
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It’s not only Supreme or the flagship stores of big brands like Nike, adidas and others. A lot of brick-and-mortar stores also had to close down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting both their customers and employees. And while all retailers will see the economic effects of this crisis, small and medium-sized businesses are severely affected first. So head over to your local sneaker store’s online shop and order something. Or just drop a comment on their social channels and let them know you’re still there. We’re all in this together – for real.