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American Sneakerhead and Fashion Brand Ambassador: John Lee

Interviews

Dorothy Field
July 8, 2022

John Lee started his sneaker story with Air Jordan 1 Breds. He's a big fan of luxury designers like Prada, Dior, Balenciaga, and Botegga. His ultimate holy grail sneaker is Dior Jordan 1

All images via @johnjunglee

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

I was drawn to sneakers at a very early age. The first pair that really triggered my passion was Jordan 1 Breds.

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

Kanye at Nike was pretty iconic.

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

It's the ultimate high. There's just something about unboxing a fresh pair of sneakers that is indescribable.

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

I have a pretty eclectic variety of favorites. From the designer side: Balenciaga, Bottega, Prada, Dior. From the contemporary or streetwear side, I admire Aimé Leon Dore, Fear of God, AMI, and Jacquemus.

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

I'd love to see Aimé Leon Dore x Nike. A full roster of different styles. The minimal version of what Virgil did with his OW x Nike collabs.

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

Current rotation consists of Panda Dunks, New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore 550s and Yeezy Foam Runners.

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

Dior Jordan 1.

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

I'm big on accessories -- hat, watch, jewelry, bag. The right accessories can add character and elevate any look.

Where people can find you on social media?

Instagram: @johnjunglee

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