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Aussie Sneakerhead and Air Jordan Lover: Sonya Saffo

Interviews

Camille Lumogdang
July 19, 2022

Sonya Saffo @snkr.son has been a sneakerhead for almost 15 years now. Her all-time favorite is the Jordan 1 Chicago, the pair which started her sneaker obsession. As Air Jordan lover, she couldn't wait to see a collaboration between Jordan and Carhartt.

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

My older cousins were crazy sneakerheads. I looked up to them and their style from a young age. I was around 12 when I got my first pair of 'cool' Jordans. From that day, sneaker was like a drug to me, which I'm still addicted to, even almost 15 years later. My all-time favorite and what started it for me was the Jordan 1 Chicago.

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

No moment really defines sneaker culture for me. I would say it's more of a feeling than a memory when I think of shoes. The way I feel when I wear my sneakers is like nothing else. However, I'd say that street style in the US was always a part of sneaker history that resonates with me: how people put outfits together and rocked their sneakers.

All images via snkr.son

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

I got a feeling I honestly can't describe, but genuine happiness comes to mind.

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

Aleali May was always a huge inspiration for me as her style and flavor were unique and different. I have always loved Nigo, too, and he's one of my favorite designers.

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

I cannot wait to see the collaboration between Jordan and Carhartt!

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

I try to wear all my sneakers pretty regularly. However, I've been wearing the Jordan 1 Travis x Fragment Low, Jordan 1 Dior Low, Air Force 1 Off-White Complexcon, Nike Sacai VaporWaffle, NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0, and the Jordan 4 Union Noir the most lately.

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

I'm lucky enough to have copped many of my favorites and grails. But I am missing the Jordan 3 A Ma Maniere, which I'm keeping an eye out for.

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

I've always been a huge tech person, so I can't live without my tech toys.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: snkr.son

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