At the root of the word aficionado is affection, the devotion to something or someone. For DJ Clark Kent, that devotion is to his sneakers. Numbered now around 2,400 pairs, his collection continues to grow. Yet, it isn’t the volume or the pricing of his collection that matters. As with any aficionado, it is the emotional capital which Kent focus on. The pair Air Force 1 he brought years ago to the ones he designed for the recent East vs. West project with Eddie Cruz. Kent could recite the backstory and the importance of each.
We recently had the opportunity to join Kent on his continue quest for sneakers while visiting island nation of Taiwan. In between the visits to stores and music events, we posed a few questions to long time Brooklynite on the state of the music industry, his take on the raise of urban culture, and of course his love of sneakers.