Chris Casseday


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Chris Casseday is an American entrepreneur. Chris started 513 Kicks in 2017 and is based in Cincinnati.[1]

Chris Casseday, founder of 513 KicksChris Casseday, founder of 513 Kicks

Company

513 Kicks

Twitter

@chris_casseday (456 followers)

Instagram

@chriscasseday (1K followers)

Career

Early Career

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513 Kicks

Chris started 513 Kicks in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on 513 Kicks?

Growing up I was a huge Michael Jordan fan. The 90s were dominated by the Chicago Bulls (except when Michael decided to play baseball), and I soaked it all in. Being such a fan of MJ, I would always notice what shoes he was wearing on the court. Naturally, I had to have whatever pair he was wearing. At this point, the Air Jordan line was already well-established in the market, but nothing compared to what we see today.

> Do not let someone else determine your success. It can be easy to look at similar businesses and make assumptions that they are better than yours, causing you to get discouraged.

I have vivid memories of going to a local sneaker store, typically Just For Feet, with my dad. If anyone remembers this store, they were famous for having a basketball hoop inside. This meant that you could take your new kicks for a spin before walking out of the door. It was simply the best.

The idea to resell sneakers was not something that I created, by any means, but it is safe to say that I’ve been doing this longer than most. My ultimate motivation to start selling sneakers was to fund my own sneaker collecting habit. It all started when I was 10 years old. I would beg my dad to take me to the mall so that I could get a new pair, either for myself or to resell and make a profit. This trend repeated for years, and my business grew along the way. At the time, around the year 2000, most of my business was done through buying and selling on eBay and also sneaker message boards, like NikeTalk.

After selling a pair or two, I quickly realized that there was potential to make a good amount of money reselling sneakers, especially for someone that was 10 years old. As you can imagine, a 10-year-old kid does not have a lot of opportunities to generate consistent income, so this was something that I took advantage of. While most of my classmates were playing video games, I was sourcing new inventory and building a profitable business. These efforts, almost 20 years ago, helped to set the foundation of 513 Kicks.

Today, 513 Kicks has experienced great growth, but it is still what it always has been, a side hustle that produces income to supplement my more traditional job, a Director of Operations at a marketing agency.

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