R8: Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started? (a couple of examples would be how long have you been in business, what made you want to open a sneaker store, etc.)
TDK: I’ve been a barber for 15 Years and opened my first barbershop in 2012. During that time, I would collect sneakers and sell the ones I wouldn’t use anymore inside my business. So in 2019 when the opportunity to open up a tdK came to me it was a no brainer that this was part of my kulture and I believe in everything we stand for.
R8: What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
TDK: We have our own unique kulture! Kicks , Kuts , and Klothing.
R8: None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
TDK: The CEO and founder of tdK (Dave) has been my mentor since 2013.
R8: Why sneakers? What made you open a sneaker store? What are the biggest moments in your store’s history?
TDK: We chose to keep sneakers in our store because it’s part of our culture and part of our brand.
R8: What was your first experience that you can remember, at a sneaker store? Or a sneaker convention?
TDK: I remember my first time in a sneaker show I bought a fake pair and I promised myself that I would become more knowledgeable on all sneakers which led me to grow a passion for sneakers.
R8: Tell us about your closet… What are some of your favorite sneakers you own right now? Was there a pair that got away, that you wish you would have snagged when you had the chance?
Thank you for sharing your story. Can you tell us a little bit about your business?
R8: How long have you carried the Reshoevn8r line?
TDK: 1.5 years
R8: What is your store’s biggest Reshoevn8r seller?
R8: What are your store’s specialties?
TDK: Haircuts, shoe cleaning, consignment.
R8: What are you having a hard time keeping on the shelf? (product or specific items?)
TDK: Essential Kits.
R8: Do you have multiple locations? If you only have one, what is the major significance of it?
TDK: Yes, 2 locations. We want to impact our community.
R8: Can you tell us about your stock? What do you see moving? What are some upcoming trends that you’re stocking up on?
TDK: We have a variety of Reshoevn8r products and they are all moving great.
R8: What are some ways that your store connects with the city?
TDK: We host sneaker shows, giveaways and we did a shoe drive for Christmas.
R8: We know the pandemic is affecting the retail climate. Can you tell us how it has affected your business? Have you changed your business model because of this? What precautions are you taking to keep your customers safe in your store?
TDK: It has definitely been a blessing! We give more attention to detail and sanitation and customer service.
Let’s dive into sneaker culture, really quick.
R8: Where do you see sneaker culture going in the future and what are your thoughts?
TDK: I can see the market growing and I'm glad that more people are having interest in the sneaker culture.
R8: What is a sneakerhead? If you could describe this type of person to somebody who has no idea… what would you say?
TDK: Someone that has a passion in wearing their sneakers and understands the value of what they are wearing.
R8: If someone wanted to start a true sneaker collection.. What's the first pair that you would recommend? What pairs do sneakerheads NEED to have in their collection?
TDK: Jordan 1s have always been my favorite so I would suggest anyone to start with a Jordan 1.
tdK carries the Following Reshoevn8r Products: