How sneaker lovers get their kicks

One step ahead: Supawat Attrapreyangkul, a 32-year-old sneaker collector.

It was once said that "good shoes take you to good places". What makes a good shoe could be its durability, comfort or, by some people's criteria, its rarity. Nowadays, the latter is what drives sneaker collectors to wait in line for three days just to get their hands on a special pair.

Running shoes are now treated as highly coveted collectors' items. In January 2015, a lengthy line-up of sneaker lovers gathered at Siam Square in Bangkok to purchase the NMD, a limited edition of Adidas sneakers, marking the start of the shoe craze sweeping Thailand.

Social media has helped sneaker lovers come together in Thailand. Facebook group Adidas Market Thailand has over 200,000 members who flaunt their sneaker collection or gush over the latest trends. Another group, Sneaker Party Thailand, has around 48,000 members. Occasionally, these groups organise events and parties to show off their hip kicks in real life.

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