Kicks & collect: Three sneaker heads reveal their most prized possessions

While many of us may enjoy a pair of freshly unboxed trainers, for some collecting the latest and most iconic styles is a full-time hobby, not to mention a savvy investment

“Classic silhouettes are what draw me to a new pair“, sneaker collector Darren Thompson shares his favourite trainers. Photos: Marc O'Sullivan

“The right shoe at the right time is perfection” – Darren Thompson, manager, Pichet Restaurant

Darren Thompson with his collection at his home in Killester. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

The first pair of trainers I bought and really loved was Nike Air Cross Trainer Low with a turquoise speckled sole, I remember them like it was yesterday. My mum came with me to buy them and was flabbergasted that I’d spend £50 on one pair of ...