words // Zac Dubasik
images // Nick DePaula
as published in Issue 44 of Sole Collector Magazine

Here at Sole Collector, we are advocates of wearing your kicks. And when you wear your kicks, things sometimes happen to them. Toeboxes crease. They get dirty. Midsoles can even crack. But we look at these as signs of love rather than imperfections.

In our newest recurring feature, #BeatHeat, we're honoring kicks that have been worn and loved, despite being rare, in theory valuable and just plain hot. To some, these images may be hard to take. But to those who wear even their best kicks, this is a badge of honor.

Check out Nick's "Motorsports" 5s below, and be sure to share you favorite well-loved pairs on both Twitter and Instagram with the #BeatHeat tag.