By Ashley Renowden
When you think of people with a large shoe collection, you think of girls, right? Well, physical education teacher Scott Stansberry has over 200 pairs of shoes that consist of Nikes and Jordans.
Over 200 pairs of shoes isn’t cheap and Stansberry said himself that his most expensive pair was over $1,000. Stansberry doesn’t wear half of the shoes he buys, because he collects them. His expensive shoes, the exclusive ones, he rarely wears out.
“I never wear them to school – too much of a risk to get them stepped on and there is a lot of dust out here,” said Stansberry. “I wear them when I go out with my wife or friends. I break out the exclusive ones for special occasions.”
Although he has many pairs of shoes, Stansberry has worked very hard to get them all.
As a high school student, he did his chores to get his mom to buy him shoes, sold candy on the weekends, and mowed lawns. His love for shoes started when he was just a child, and he actually began collecting in his sophomore year of high school.
“Anybody could have shoes like I do if you really want to work for them,” said Stansberry. “Think of some ways to make money instead of sitting at home and doing nothing or sitting in front of the TV.”
Stansberry has a lot of connections in the shoe industry so it makes getting the shoes a much easier process. Waiting in long lines is no longer a must for Stansberry. He used to wait in long lines for shoes, one time for over 15 hours. Often, he would wait in line for shoes he didn’t even like, but now he was better and easier ways to get his shoes.
“I have a couple of connections and fortunately do not have to wait in lines anymore,” said Stansberry. “Sometimes I do not even like the shoe that may be coming out but I know I can make money from them so I will buy a few pairs anyway.”
Stansberry buys shoes to make money from because there is an underground market for Air Jordans and certain Nikes. Many people will even pay double after stores sell out.
“They re-release shoes or ‘retro’ them and they have release dates,” said Stansberry. “Usually there is lines at the malls for them or sometimes they are limited to certain stores or online only. They limit the amount of pairs released at times.”
Stansberry doesn’t just buy one pair of shoes, but often he buys three of each. Not of every pair though, mainly just the exclusive ones.
“I buy three pairs of the exclusive ones, “ said Stansberry. “A pair for my collection, a pair to wear and a pair to make money from.”
Stansberry is a P.E. coach, and he finds that talking about his shoes is a good conversation starter. He talks to students about what type of shoes they are into, to try and get to know them better.
“It seems to be a good conversation starter,” said Stansberry. “I don’t know if they think I’m young and hip, but they seem to like my shoes. Also, I try to tell the story of when I was in middle school and how I cut yards. I worked for my shoes.”