Hi! My name is Christopher Lombardo.
Take us back in time and tell us what started it all for you? What made you start collecting?
Growing up I always liked sneakers.
One of my frequented places to shop was the online skate shop CCS.
I was buying all sorts of SB dunks as well as Janoskis and Kostons. About a year and half later Footlocker (who owned the CCS brand) had decided to close up all of the brick and mortar CCS locations around the country. As part of the store closing, we were offered positions throughout the Footlocker company. I had gotten an interview with Champs Sports in the same mall and I was offered a position there after we completed the closing process of the CCS store. At that point in time, I knew it was time to switch up my sneaker choices. I began getting into Roshe Runs and more importantly retro Jordans. This is where the next phase of sneaker collecting began for me.
How would you describe the vibes in terms of kicks at the time when you had just begun? What were the people around you rocking?
When I first started getting into Jordan’s and sneaker collecting as whole people were really into Jordans and Nike Basketball sneakers like Lebrons, Kobes and KD’s. At that time (2012 or so), that was the real camp out era. That was before the raffle system and all of that so people were always lining up at the local Footlockers and Champs on Friday night for the infamous Saturday morning release that happened almost every weekend.
Your collection has a lot of sought after shoes but it seems to have started with Nike and Jordan brand. What triggered the transition to Adidas NMD, Yeezy’s and Ultra Boosts?
I feel like the transition to the whole boost thing is due to a couple of reasons. Sneakers are technically a part of fashion and we all know that fashion is very trendy. Fashion and sneakers always go through phases and it was only a matter of time before the big basketball sneakers kind of took the back seat to another style. Runners have always been around and were almost a secondary sneaker community behind Jordans. Kanye West switching to Adidas definitely had a big influence on the sneaker community. Whether you like it or not, the man has some serious pull.
It just so happened that when Kanye switched over, Adidas really started pumping out new silhouettes that were truly awesome sneakers. I got the original black and purple Ultra Boost right about when it came out and I’ve been hooked ever since. I remember when I bought them and went into to work that day with them everyone was like “Yeah, they’re okay.” However, a year and half later everyone of those dudes is rocking Ultra Boosts or NMDS. I will always remember that moment.
Give us the most memorable story you have with any of your sneakers.
What are your Top 5 Sneakers from your collection?
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black”
Jordan Retro 1 “Bred”
Jordan Retro 1 “Shattered Backboard”
Jordan Retro 1 x Nike SB “Lance Mountain”
Jordan Retro 3 “Black Cement”
The Jordan Retro 1 x Nike SB “Lance Mountain” in black. I have the white pair which is in my Top 5 but I have never been able to find my size for a decent price.
As far as shoutouts go, I would definitely have to shout out my girlfriend Breana. I have been with her since high school so she has been through the sneaker journey with me every step of the way. She certainly has not been one to complain about me buying too many sneakers or anything like that and I have always appreciated that. Also a shoutout to my brother Joe who was also featured on here for being a part of this the whole time.
When Joseph Lombardo mentioned his brother as the reason for getting him hooked back into sneakers, we were immediately interested in Christopher’s story. His elaborate collection consisting of a ton of sought after GR’s and fewer collabs caught our attention, but we had to time it right. Not only that, but to this date, his collection consists of several old school silhouettes which are classics in their own right all the way to the latest releases. A big shoutout to Christopher for his time, his awesome vivid stories about shoes and related incidents that hint at nothing short of a photographic memory, and for sharing his amazing collection with us.