words // Nick DePaula
For most collectors, finding a place to store hundreds of sneakers is enough of a challenge. Closets, basements and any additional hallway cabinet space to be found around the house are liable to be filled with black, orange and blue boxes.
For Baltimore Orioles opening day Pitcher Jeremy Gurthrie, he took things several steps further, by building a custom sneaker vault at his home in Utah to house his collection. There's an actual code-entry vaulted door to even get in.
Earlier this morning, Guthrie gave me a call to talk sneakers, tell me a bit about his favorite shoes while growing up in Ashland, Oregon, and of course, tell me all about his custom vault. His first sneakers of note were the original Air Jordan IV and V, which he proudly wore in elementary and middle school. Once he got to high school during the mid-90s, he loved every bit of the "best years," sporting a rotation that included everything from the Air Go L.W.P. to various colors of the Air Penny II, Air Jordan XI, Zoom Flight V and many more. He's still dying to track down a pair of Air Ups in black and blue.
A huge Ray Allen fan during his UConn days, Guthrie specifically even sought out a pair of the Air Max Uptempo to wear ...