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Australian Sneakerhead and Vintage Lover: James Tran


Camille Lumogdang
July 22, 2022

James Tran @jimmyupthere is an Australian sneakerhead who started obsessed with sneakers after seeing his primary teacher wear Air Max 1s. He tends to choose vintage sneakers because it's easy to match with any outfits - yet still make him look cool!

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

It started when I saw my primary school teacher wearing a pair of Air Max 1s.

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

Vintage - I've always been big into vintage clothes, so naturally, vintage sneakers came into my life. I can flex anything old, older versions of current sneakers because vintage is subtle!

All images via @jimmyupthere

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

I assume that's what it feels like to be God, especially when you get the pair early.

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

I love the New Balance for its quality; it is unmatched. Another is Kapital, non-sneaker related, for their attention to detail, quality, and uniqueness.

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

I would love to see collaboration between Up There X Nike.

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

Here are the sneakers in my current rotation: Air Max 1 Patta Monarch and Aqua Noise, New Balance 992 Cloud and Grey, NB 2002 Protection Pack Sea Salt and Phantom, Up There X Saucony Shadow 6000s, and Salomon XT-6 Kangaroo.

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

I have been craving to wear a pair of Air Max 1 Patta Chlorophyll.

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

I treasure my Kapital Virgin Mary Damask Fleece, Engineered Garments UL-3Wag Bag, and Up There x Nalgene tumbler to stay hydrated.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @jimmyupthere

Tiktok: Jimmy Wang

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