Last season on From the Ground Up, we gave a deep dive into everything sneaker culture. From the evolution of custom kicks to discussing the history of sneaker collaborations with Jeff Staple, we aimed to hit the biggest aspects of the industry. For season 2, we're diving even deeper.

From sustainability, to the impact of running culture, and even how politics have changed how we lace up our kicks. To kick off the new season, we're going back to the basics. On this episode, we're diving into how first time shoppers can build their very own sneaker collection.

To start, host Pete Forester takes a trip over to Stadium Goods to go sneaker shopping with TropRouge blogger and style influencer Christina Caradona. As they shop around finding her the perfect sneaker, they pair drops gems for first time sneaker shoppers and answer some burning questions all beginner collectors might ask like, "why are Yeezys so coveted?"

Pete then sits down with Highsnobiety's George Ocampo to prove that anyone can create a strong collection regardless of budget. The two challenge each other to build two sneaker lists from scratch with five pairs of shoes. One list has a $250 budget while the other is $2500. Filled with classic heat and trendy cops, both George and Pete's list prove that no matter your budget, you can still flex.

Lastly, we venture out to retail chain Express to dive deeper into fashion expert Tan France's obsession with white sneakers, and his tips for styling. The star of Netflix's Queer Eye also gives Pete a short but sweet style makeover.

Check out the full episode of From the Ground Up in the video above. Let us know what you think of Pete and George's sneaker list, and tell us what shoes you would cop with a $250 and $2500 budget.

After, watch our previous episode of ‘From the Ground Up’ as we explore the Past, Present, & Future of Women in Footwear.

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