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Dubai: Meet Indian expat who owns over 500 pairs of sneakers, some worth more than Dh50,000

He has a set of Air Diors– among one of the most desired footwear in the marketplace– and also he is currently constructing a different house for his collection

In some cases, we begin going after points without recognizing it was an interest that has actually long become part of us. The tale of Atul Hegde, a sneakerhead based in Dubai, is no various.

Hegde has a substantial collection of more than 500 unique sets from high-end and also ultra-luxury brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Nike, and also Adidas– with several of them currently valued at Dh60,000 each.

” In some cases, points approach on you prior to you understand that you’re totally enthusiastic regarding it. I began gathering greater than a years back with one set and after that 2, or 3. Over an amount of time, you obtain increasingly more thinking about it. It truly began with me not recognizing that it was an interest,” stated Hegde, that is a capitalist and also business owner.

In the last 5 to 6 years specifically, Hegde has actually invested a great deal of time, initiative, and also, certainly, cash to truly resource special sets and also develop the collection, which went across the 500 mark early in 2014.

Around 50 percent of sets were bought from the United States and also the continuing to be were sourced from Dubai and also India.

” I have an old Nike set which is two decades old however still like brand-new. For those type of sets, I needed to go to the United States where the society has actually been around for 4 to 5 years. With the surge of social media sites, currently I can get in touch with any type of sneakerhead on Instagram throughout the globe. A lot of my acquisitions take place on Instagram currently, as there are a great deal of tiny and also huge resellers from Singapore, the United States, Dubai, and so on”

Hegde’s much-loved brand name is Yeezy for its convenience and also layout. He likes a great deal of high-end things from Louis Vuitton and also Nike, too.

Below’s a peek at a component of his collection:

Dh60,000 set

In the past, Hegde acquired sets for which he paid $300 to $400 (Dh1,100 to Dh1,500) and also currently they are valued at $5,000 to $6,000 (Dh18,400 to Dh22,000). “It resembles a collection of art. Yet I am not wanting to monetise my collection.”

He lately went to an invite-only occasion by Louis Vuitton and also Nike for the launch of a significant collection.

” This was an extremely unique collection and also it goes anywhere in between Dh50,000 and also Dh60,000 in the resale market. I was fortunate that I was welcomed by Louis Vuitton and also I have 3 sets of them. Each of them would certainly be in between Dh50,000 and also Dh60,000 per set in resale. Considering that it is an unique set and also it is invite-only, you can not purchase it also if you have the cash.”

Valued at around Dh60,000, the Louis Vuitton Flying Force ones is one of the most pricey set Hegde has in his collection.

He additionally has a set of Air Diors, among one of the most desired sets in the marketplace. With simply 8,000 sets, each set is phoned number and also typically includes an asking cost of regarding Dh40,000.

Hegde is not timid to disclose that he additionally acquired affordable items for Dh100 to Dh200. “If I such as anything, I choose it up. It matters not whether it’s pricey or otherwise.”

House for his collection

Hegde, that has his collection in India, is constructing a different house in Mumbai where sneakerheads can come and also delight in the collection.

” The house, where my collection will certainly be shown, will certainly prepare in regarding 3 to 4 months. It will certainly additionally be a conference factor where sneakerheads can connect.”

Hegde thinks sharing is caring. “I have talented a great deal of my tennis shoes. In some cases what occurs is that I acquired tennis shoes and also really did not use them. So individuals desired it for some event and also I present it to them. I’m a company follower that if you have actually gotten it you need to use it, or else there is no enjoyable.”

Sneakers neighborhood

Hegde’s love and also interest for tennis shoes have actually gotten to a factor it is much more regarding getting in touch with individuals– regarding neighborhood.

He additionally went to Sole DXB, a yearly shoes, songs, art and also way of living celebration. A great deal of sneakerheads from around the globe had actually come for this occasion which was kept in Dubai this month.

” The charm of tennis shoes is that there is a lot society around it … Once you obtain much deeper and also much deeper right into it, you begin recognizing the tales behind each set, and after that it simply draws you in. The various other point is an area. When I began, the neighborhood was still in its beginning in this component of the globe. In the United States, it has actually been enormous considering that the 1980s.”

Say goodbye to checking

The sneakerhead claims he quit counting when his collection went across 500 sets.

” Currently, it is truly regarding if there is a terrific tale behind both. In some cases an unusual set may involve you in a month or in some cases in a year. All of it relies on what is warm and also what you do not have in the collection.”

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