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Alicia Wee - Singaporean Designer Interview


Camille Lumogdang
November 23, 2022

Alicia @alee_lee has been passionate about sneakers since she was young, and marrying a fellow sneakerhead keeps the enthusiasm going. She loves to style her minimalist sneakers with tote bags and rings collection!

What was the moment you first got drawn to sneakers, and which pair of sneakers triggered your passion?

I remember one of the first few sneakers I got as a kid was a pair of Adidas Superstars, and ever since then, sneakers have become a staple for me. Also, marrying a fellow sneakerhead definitely keeps this passion going.

All images via @alee__lee

What’s one moment or trend in the history of sneaker culture that resonates with you?

I would probably say that it was the launch of the Nike Flyknit sneakers. My husband and I were both so crazy about it then that we collected about 20 pairs between us! We were fascinated with the technology and innovation behind it — it was lightweight, comfortable, and still so stylish.

Unfortunately, we've completely changed our fashion styles since then.

Please describe how it feels to you when you get and wear a new pair of kicks?

That feeling is wrapped up with excitement and gratefulness. It starts with unboxing that fresh packaging until the moment you have them on your feet.

Every step feels so light yet confident, making you feel like the most stylish kid on the block!

What are some of your favorite creators/designers or brands and why?

Some of my favorite brands are Uniqlo, Muji, COS, Studio Nicholson, and local brands like Rye. Even though I'm a visual creature at heart, I've learned to appreciate minimal and functional pieces over the years with my style.

What is one sneaker collaboration that doesn’t exist, but you wish/think should exist?

Hmm, I think it'll be nice if brands continue collaborating with local or growing artists to showcase their talents. These are great opportunities for brands to tap into the local scene to show their support and an excellent platform for artists and illustrators to show the world their inspiring talents.

What are some of the current pairs of sneakers in your rotation?

My current go-to's in the rotation are the Converse Chuck 70s, Vans Style 36 Decon SF, and Excelsior Bolt.

What is your ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not managed to acquire so far?

I don't really have an ultimate holy grail sneaker, but the Sharp Canvas Shoe from Studio Nicholson looks pretty sick.

I'm just happy if I could get my favorite sneaker models in all the nice colors!

Other than kicks, what are some of your daily essentials or treasured items?

My other daily essentials are high-colored socks, rings, and tote bags. As a designer, one can never have too many tote bags.

We have about 50 over-tote bags in rotation in our household – it's a crazy obsession.

Where can people find you on social media?  

Instagram: @alee__lee

An engineer who loves writing in her spare time.