Favorite shoes/player lines - Jordan. Jordan 1 Banned & Infared 6 have to be my favorite ones.
Thoughts on the current direction of the shoe game? - I like the fact they're retroing shoes outside of Jordans. I never got those Kamikaze's, the Crazy 8s or anything that MJ wasn't wearing, even though I was a huge fan of the players wearing them as a kid. Now that I can, I can't complain. Current player lines suck though.
Price rises vs declining material quality? - I never really tripped off of either. I paid $200+ for some Retro 5s only for them to get retroed for cheaper. -_-'