Are you familiar with Sean Wotherspoon? Perhaps this is the first time that you’re actually hearing the name. If that’s the case, there’s every chance that you’ll be hearing a lot more of it in the future. The truth is, some people are already very familiar with his name, especially those who like to buy collectible sneakers related to sports (think Nike). In reality, Wotherspoon is a store owner and YouTube influencer that just also happens to design sneakers and collaborate with others in order to get big names attached to some of those designs. It might actually surprise you to learn just how much influence he has on the way that sneakers are designed and marketed. If you’re not convinced, keep reading.
How It All Started
Perhaps the thing that is so surprising about Wotherspoon is that for someone who has as much pull as he seems to have within this particular community, he hasn’t been doing it for very long. In fact, he was the winner of a contest that Nike put out for their 97/1 sneaker where they were looking for someone in the public to help design it. A contest was developed and he ended up being the winner. This was in 2017 and the particular sneaker that he helped design came out the following year, in 2018. When you realize that we’re only three months into 2022, it’s a bit surprising that he has since gone on to be a heavy influence or any number of other Nike marketing campaigns as if he’s been an expert sneaker designer his entire adult life. In fact, he’s only been doing this for a few short years and the entire thing got started because he entered a contest and won. For some, it is the thing that dreams are made of. At first glance, it seems like someone who has genuine passion and talent is being rewarded for those things by being recognized in a sense that many people never have the opportunity to experience. It seems like a story where you can cheer for the underdog. However, not everyone is so fond of Wotherspoon. In fact, some of the individuals within this community have gone as far as saying that he’s nothing more than a one-hit wonder, despite the fact that he’s been involved with several marketing campaigns since winning this particular contest. Others have kicked things up a few more notches and said that he’s nothing more than a scammer and not to be trusted. When you consider that there are a fairly significant number of people that are saying these types of things, you have to wonder what exactly is going on. Like so many other things in the world, it’s not as cut-and-dried as it seems on the surface.
Those Who Love Him
It’s true, not everyone is a fan of Wotherspoon, not by a long shot. However, he definitely has fans out there and they seem to be as baffled as anyone why some individuals are simply not willing to give him a chance. As a matter of fact, a number of individuals feel like he is one of the best people to be in the current situation that he’s in as the founder of Round Two, a company that caters to people who love athletic sneakers that are of a unique design. In fact, he now has stores in both Los Angeles and New York. The overwhelming majority of sneakers that he sells are of his own design. Some are independently designed and manufactured and others are collaborations with Nike and similar brands. The reason that some individuals love him is rather simple. They understand that years before he ever won this contest or started his own store, he collected athletic sneakers because he had a real passion for doing so. As far as they’re concerned, he’s only taking that passion to the next level by building on it and then adding to the things that he already loves as part of his own design. This is where things can get a little bit tricky. The people that aren’t so crazy about him feel like he has a tendency to take too many ideas from things that have already been done as opposed to creating something that is entirely unique. On the other hand, his supporters think that the very idea of such a thing is rubbish. As far as they’re concerned, he’s merely using these things as inspiration and then he takes those ideas and makes them his own, in much the same way that virtually any other creative artist in any genre does. They’re not willing to listen to the naysayers and fortunately for Wotherspoon, there are quite a few of them.
Straight From the Horse’s Mouth
As far as Wotherspoon himself is concerned, he definitely notices the support from his supporters but he also feels the pressure from his detractors, something that he has commented on quite a few times in the past couple of years. After all, most people would feel the pressure when they find out that people are calling them a scammer or a one hit wonder who is incapable of creating anything that’s actually their own idea. Wotherspoon says that he definitely feels the pressure, but that he has always viewed taking a particular design as inspiration and then making it his own as a way of paying homage to that design and its creator as opposed to simply stealing ideas. He also understands that with success comes a certain amount of scrutiny. Unfortunately, people have become quite bold when they can make negative comments about other people through the safety and anonymity that is created in social media. Sadly, this sometimes brings out the worst in people because they realize that they can invent their own personal frustrations and project those frustrations onto someone else that they don’t even know without any repercussions for having done so. One thing is certain, none of this changes the opinions of Wotherspoon’s supporters, nor does it mean that he’s going to stop designing or collaborating anytime in the near future. If anything, it all drives him to do even more, despite feeling the pressure of those who aren’t so fond of his designs thus far.