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Daniel Woon - Malaysian Sneakerhead Interview


Camille Lumogdang
November 21, 2022

Daniel @danielwoon__ is one of the Millenials who got hooked on sneaker culture after getting his first Converse. He loves to style his sneakers with a Comme des Garcons tote bag because its minimalist design goes well with everything!

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

Like most millennials, my love affair with sneakers started with a pair of unassuming Converse. Back in the 2000s, they were the must-haves. You couldn't go anywhere without spotting one!

All images via @danielwoon__

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

That moment was probably when Frank Ocean wore a Vans slip-on to the White House. He subverted the black tie affair in a refreshing and iconic way.

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

Sometimes, a new pair of kicks is all you need to step away from your comfort zone. Exploring new and different ways to build your outfit from the sneakers up is always interesting.

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

On top of my head are Demna Gvasalia, Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo, and Junya Watanabe. I really like the idea of deconstructed fashion, counter-culture, and subversion of design that challenge our preconceived notions of what high fashion should be.

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

I'm curious to see the Margiela spin on a pair of humble Crocs.

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

Vans Authentic and Checkerboard slip-on, New Balance 574, Asics Gel-Kayano, and Crocs are some of the pairs in my current rotation.

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

I dream of purchasing Margiela Fusion sneakers - it is so weird and otherworldly.

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

My Comme des Garcons tote bag is practical and goes well with everything.

Where can people find you on social media?  

Instagram: @danielwoon__

TikTok: @danielwoon__

An engineer who loves writing in her spare time.