Fashion

Melecio Flores' Country Kicks Combo

When Melecio Flores isn't rocking his country western finest at Yucca Tap Room's Valley Fever, or building bikes for his weekly pub crawl, he is probably thinking about sneakers.


He says what started as a way to identify himself in high school grew into an obsession, and now dedicates a portion of every paycheck he receives to his kicks addiction.

Flores is a reasonably amiable guy, but step on any of his 40 pairs of colorful sneakers, and he says there will be serious trouble.

What are you wearing right now?

I am wearing dark wash Levis 514's, an H&M hoodie, a white Hanes T-shirt, and Jordan-brand white leather sandals. I call them "chanclas."

What was the last item of clothing you bought?

Nike high top Blazers with a white base, red bumper, black swoosh and red vinyl interior.

What is the item of clothing do you most covet at the moment?
A pair of Reebock Dee Brown pump sneakers with a white, black and orange color way. I can never find them in my size.

Give us a childhood memory of you and your clothes:
My godfather got me two pairs of original Air Jordans the day I was born and I still have them.

Name five items every man should have in her closet:

They should have a pair of black slacks, cowboy boots, and a fitted button down shirt in either white or blue. As an avid biker, I also think they should also own a nice warm jacket and a scarf.

Name an item of clothing that's best when it's vintage:

A belt because it's already been broken in.

Name an item of clothing you should NEVER buy used:
Sneakers. Always buy them fresh, crisp and clean. I'd rather buy underwear from a thrift store than buy used sneakers.

What is your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix?
Every time I leave the house, no matter what I'm wearing, I leave with confidence. It doesn't matter what you're wearing, as long as you can rock that shit. Be confident.

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