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Andy Pang - Malaysian Sneaker Photographer Interview


Hapsari Listya
December 19, 2022

Andy @andypangphotography's sneaker obsession began after he was introduced to the New Balance 990v5. He's an avid fan of New Balance because of its iconic grey color, and his holy grail sneaker is JJJJound x New Balance 992 'Green.'

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

My friend introduced me to try New Balance 990v5 and after that, I realized a good pair of sneakers should not only have a nice good looking design, but also great durability, materials, and most importantly is about comfort!

This is also the only pair that allows me to go out and walk all day long without hurting my feet. From that day, I know that my next few pairs coming must be only New Balance, and my love for collecting sneakers has begun.

All images via @andypangphotography

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

I think the moment that really resonated with me in sneaker culture was the 90s era basketball especially Michael Jordan. Because of him, the sneaker industry evolved from performance shoes to lifestyle sneakers.

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

Many New Balance! The Bodega x 990v3, 574 x Tokyo Design Studio, 2002R, and 993 Aime Leon Dore for my daily comfort wear and I can wear them all day long.

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

I feel super happy and excited whenever I have new pairs of kicks, I will immediately take them out for photos.

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

New Balance with camera brands like Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, or Leica. Kinda curious about what kind of reaction it creates.

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

I don't really have any specific creator/designer, but the best brand so far I like is New Balance. The classic design with its iconic grey color is easy to match and suitable for all ages.

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

That must be the early released JJJJound x New Balance 992 'Green.'

What's your favorite sneaker to photograph?

I would pick Thisisneverthat x Newbalance 1906R, the following is Bodega x NewBalance990v3, and Aime Leon Dore x New Balance 550 & 993.

How did your passion for streetwear/sneaker photography develop?

I just want to use my full-frame camera to capture some details that cannot be captured by a camera phone and share them with everyone. The bigger the sensor, the better it produces image quality..

As a photographer, what are some of your daily essentials or treasured items?

Handphone and my precious Nikon Z6, then I can shoot anytime, everywhere!

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

Apparel. I always believe outfit colors should coordinate or complement each other with your sneaker.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @andypangphotography

An ailurophile who loves bake cookies and listen to indie music!