Nice Kicks: So, you wore some of the freshest sneakers growing up. About when did you start collecting shoes?
Big Boi: Actually, when I started working at Foot Locker. Dre worked at FootAction in Greenbriar Mall, and I worked at Foot Locker in Underground Atlanta. So we would be up on everything fresh that came in from the Agassi’s to the J’s to the Air Maxes. All that s***. We were in to all that s***. I guess that’s when I started to collecting. Once I had a job, and was getting 40% off, I made sure they put the 9 or 9.5 to the side when the shipment came in. [laughs]
Nice Kicks: So your job had a lot to do with starting your shoe collection, but what was the one shoe that you copped that you could directly attribute to your shoe addiction?
Big Boi: Man, those Andre Agassi’s with lava on the back; the black and purple ones. Those were the s***. They were one of my favorite pair of shoes. They were my s***s. I have to get some more of those. I have the green ones, but I have to get the black and purple joints.
Nice Kicks: With you having the status that you have now, do you find yourself still having to go out and find the shoes that you want, or is it a little bit easier for you?
Big Boi: Sometimes I go out when I visit different cities or travel around the world. They have different things, so I may go out and get them that way, or different shoe companies send me boxes and boxes of s*** all the time.
Nice Kicks: Of all the shoes that you currently own, which one would you consider your favorite?
Big Boi: The “Raging Bulls” from the Jordan 5 (Toro) Pack that came out. Love those. I call them the “Ruby Slippers”.
Nice Kicks: If the “Raging Bull” (Jordan) 5 is your favorite, what is your shoe to perform in?
Big Boi: The Jordan 7s. The 7s or the Jordan 3s. To me, they are just fluffy. I bounce around a lot, so I like those.
Nice Kicks: So it’s a comfort thing?
Big Boi: Definitely.
Nice Kicks: In the past, you have done collaboration sneakers with Android Homme and with Converse. Is that something you would be interested in doing again?
Big Boi: I actually have a limited edition of Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors Converse with laser print that will be coming out with the record. Look for those. They are dope too.