With a roster packed full of signature athletes — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant — and players that the sneaker brands love — Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and Nick Young (aka Swaggy P) — the Golden State Warriors have a truly awesome collection of sneakers that include never-before-seen PEs.
In the latest episode of The Royal Key, George Kiel III traveled to Oakland to meet up with Eric Housen, the director of team operations for the Golden State Warriors. Housen says that in a typical season thousands of sneakers come through Oakland’s Rakuten Performance Center. However, the athletes on the Warriors have so many game sneakers that it’s impossible to store them all in one place.
Thus, Eric Housen manages four locations for sneakers: storage at the airport, storage at Oracle Arena, storage at the practice facility, and a 4,000 square foot warehouse where he stores older shoes (in case athletes want to revisit them). According to Housen, Andre and Steph have about 500 to 600 pairs of shoes in that warehouse.
When the Warriors are on the road, their shoes have to come with them, so Housen has devised a system for bringing everything the athletes will need. On a normal trip, the team travels with about 10 huge bags full of sneakers — one just for Curry, another just for Durant. Both athletes have demanding marketing programs and tons of colorways for their latest signature shoes so they travel with 16 pairs each.
There is so much in this latest episode of The Royal Key, so tune in below. Stick around until the end because Housen is giving away a five-piece merch set with Coiski Media.