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Basketball Enthusiast William Jang


Dorothy Field
July 27, 2022

William Jang @williamjang_ is a basketball enthusiast that fell in love with Jordan 11, which was the pair that made him fall in love with sneakers. Some of the pairs in his collection are the New Balance 2002r Joe fresh goods, Birkenstock Super Birki White, New Balance 550 Rich Paul, and Kith x Clark’s Wallabees.‍

All images via @williamjang_

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

When I saw basketball players wearing Jordan’s when I first started playing, I thought it was really cool. The first pair that triggered my passion would be the Jordan 11!

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

One moment would definitely be recently, the New Balance wave returning. I remember buying New Balance’s when I was a young teen and rocking them but back then they weren’t as near as popular as they are now. I’m definitely liking the wave right now, copping all the Collabs and general releases.

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

It’s an experience that everyone should feel. The first time unboxing, smelling and touching the shoe is surreal. I still get excited every time I buy a shoe and the feeling never goes away.

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

Currently, I’m loving an Australian brand Effn Clo. They’ve been making really cool tee’s and other pieces that I’m interested in. Always a fan of Warren Lotas, Teddy Santis, Jjjound and Jerry Lorenzo!

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

New Balance x Supreme I feel like this would work well, adding a streetwear hype brand with something mellow like New Balance would definitely catch the attention of many shoe lovers.

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

New Balance 2002r Joe fresh goods. Birkenstock Super Birki White. New Balance 550 Rich Paul. Kith x Clark’s Wallabees.

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

My ultimate holy grail would probably be either be Sean Wotherspoon 97 or Air Jordan 1 High Fragment. Can’t go wrong with either.

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

Daily essentials would be my Knok Phone case, a nice cologne, Uniqlo U tee and some cargo pants. Something light, simple, and everyday wear.

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