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Monero Developer Riccardo Spagni on Sneaker Culture & Crypto

Riccardo Spagni (aka Fluffy Pony) is best known in the crypto community for being a Monero core developer. However, if you pay attention to his feed, you’ll notice he has another passion…good sneakers:

ricardo spagni shoes twitter

This is a bit of an outlier in a community that has a plethora of bad fashion and gaudy merchandise. We reached out to Riccardo to learn more about the story behind his unique style:

What’s the shoe that got you into sneakers?

RS: The original black/pink Air Yeezy’s, bought them when I was still dating my wife. I just thought they looked crazy cool, and even a little futuristic, and I was hooked!

https://www.stadiumgoods.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/base/1000x600/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/5/0/508214_006_1_copy.png

Have you ever bought sneakers directly with crypto?

RS: Yes! I’ve bought several pairs of sneakers on Fancy.com, and I’ve paid for them with Monero:)

If you could have a Monero collab with any company for any model of shoe (think Nike x Supreme Air Force 1), what company and shoe model would it be?

RS: An Adidas NMD Hu collab would blow my mind.

https://stockx.imgix.net/Adidas-Human-Race-NMD-Pharrell-You-Nerd.png?fit=fill&bg=FFFFFF&w=700&h=500&auto=format,compress&q=90&dpr=2&trim=color

Other than yourself, who has the best sneaker game in the crypto industry?

RS: Crypto Baller (@lIlIIIlIlIlIlll) has sneaker game that is on point.

Quick word association. For each cryptocurrency, what is the sneaker that matches it:

Bitcoin: Original Air Jordan 1’s in the red and black colourway

https://i.imgur.com/uR6b0GW.png

Ethereum: Adidas Kobe Two’s

http://s14042.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Adidas-Kobe-Two-Silver-Pair-Side.jpg

IOTA: Air Jordan 15’s

https://www.flightclub.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1600x1140/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/6/3/63597195160-air-jordan-15-retro-countdown-pack-black-red-010862_1.jpg

Bitcoin Cash: 2018 Air Jordan 1 retro that some kid is trying to sell on eBay as original 1985 AJ 1’s

https://www.dhresource.com/0x0/f2/albu/g6/M01/D8/E9/rBVaSFq9-EGADhbGAAHf9-MU9QM536.jpg

Ripple: Crocs

https://images.crocs.com/is/image/Crocs/204044_001_ALT140?&fmt=jpeg&qlt=85,1&op_sharpen=0&resMode=sharp2&op_usm=1,1,6,0&iccEmbed=0&printRes=72&wid=1320&hei=1095&fit=fit,1

EOS: Air Jordan 13 Fusion

https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/248/9086/10h/origin-d5.scene7.com/is/image/sneakerhead/snusa-detail_20-sf?$1120x700$&$img=sneakerhead/nike-air-jordan-fusion-13-basketball-shoes375453061-1

Tron: Reebok Ice Creams

https://process.fs.grailed.com/AJdAgnqCST4iPtnUxiGtTz/cache=expiry:max/rotate=deg:exif/resize=height:880,fit:scale/output=format:jpg,quality:70/compress/Rn9GRrlOSiSkM6ZkCQEd

Dogecoin: Balenciaga X Crocs

https://media.wmagazine.com/photos/5a7481f57035da0fe71a86dd/4:3/w_1536/balenciaga-croc-soldout.jpg
What kind of sneakers do you think Satoshi wears?

RS: Adidas NMD R1 Pitch Black F&F

https://stockx.imgix.net/Adidas-NMD-R1-Friends-And-Family-Pitch-Black-Special-Box.png?fit=fill&bg=FFFFFF&w=1400&h=1000&auto=format,compress&trim=color&q=90

If you had to pick one or the other…great wine or great sneakers?

RS: Great sneakers tend to last longer 🙂

Putting collectible sneakers on a blockchain. Useful idea or dumb idea?

RS: Dumb idea.

What is it that’s special to you about having unique shoes?

RS: Ladies get to accessorize with jewelry, nails, and handbags. But men get to accessorize too, just with sneakers, backpacks, and watches!