It’s Friday at 8 am on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.
Two blocks are filled with people lined up waiting for eBay’s Wear ‘Em Out store to open. The hype is real, with exclusive pricing on collectible kicks for those who wear them out of the store. And speaking of hype, Complex caught up with Offset as he walked in wearing the friends and family exclusive Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 Low “University Blue.”
What’s your holy grail sneaker?
My Jordan 1 from 1985. It’s my holy grail.
What do you think of retail stores forcing customers to wear shoes out of the store and, in some cases, even throw away the boxes when buying fashionable versions?
Honestly, I don’t respect it because first we have the choice to do what we want. Second, as a shoe collector, bro, it doesn’t matter if you have the shoe if you don’t have the box. Especially with our time and day, the packaging on the shoe box is crazy, so why would you remove the box? I get that you don’t want people to resell, but ultimately people will do what they want. You know, and shout out to the dealers because I love you all. Personally, being who I am, I can’t necessarily walk into stores when the release rolls around, and I don’t stand in line, so I like stockists.
We see you in so many rare sneakers, but which pair would you say you wear the most?
I like all my shoes as much as an ensemble collection and I wear all my shoes. A must-have sneaker would be my 85s because I feel like 85s never have to match the outfit and you could have sky blue with Chicago 85s and it’s always gonna be like a magical moonwalk through the crowd, you know.
Have you ever owned a sneaker that you were afraid to wear?
My Louis Vuitton Air Force 1, congratulations to Virgil. I was like RIP like he was gone so I didn’t want to wear them but me knowing my boy Virgil he would want me to wear them so I put them on and it’s my first day wearing them.
You just got your tattoo Virgil, can you talk about the influence he had on you and the sneaker world as a whole?
Virgil is the Basquiat of fashion, the images he paints and the way he puts together products and different materials are out of this world. He was open and gave a lot of knowledge. Some people sometimes keep their secrets and Virgil has always inspired and told us his. He always wanted you to be more creative and shared his story. They brought him to where he was and all the barriers he broke down and he wasn’t afraid of anything. He did. Whatever he put together felt like the biggest shit ever. And it was. And it’s. To be able to inspire young people so much and be able to change the game, no matter what anyone would say, it’s like Virgil did it differently. He touched everyone and made sure that when he was in those high positions, like at Louis Vuitton, he always showed up on the street and always came back where he came from, making sure we had everything we needed. ‘it was. He was just a big brother.
You have just attended the Balenciaga fashion show, how was this experience?
Very exclusive above all, you have to be there. You gotta know if, you know, yell at Demna because he’s just an amazing designer, man. Everything he brings is always new. It always turns heads in both men’s and women’s clothing. It’s always beautiful. This show is fire. They did it in the crypto building as the market is crashing right now. So it’s kind of genius to put on a show and the way he did it was just beautiful and organic. They had a collaboration with Adidas, kudos to Adidas. They had a heel that was for women, and they went up to the knee where they had the three stripes on the side. I feel like just incorporating this high fashion into this brand was just crazy.
Can you talk about some of the new risks you are taking in fashion and why?
I feel like everything I put on looks good on me first. Not everyone can achieve everything and I just have the advantage of being able to do it. And so I like to explore and challenge myself. If something isn’t so comfortable to wear, I feel comfortable in it because of who I am. I just think fashion is about taking risks, getting out there and doing something new. So you always stay ahead of the curve that way you lead and don’t follow trends because I never wanted to be a fashionable person because trends end so I’m here for the long term.
What awaits you musically?
I’ll be releasing singles in June, so that’s about to happen. Then I work on the album, a very crazy classic album like I did before, a little more turned, beautiful, and giving a lot of visuals. You’re gonna see me deactivate my Instagram soon because I’m coming.