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Dave Dionisio - Filipino Sneakerhead Interview


Hapsari Listya
May 16, 2023

When a friend gave Dave @denemidavid the Air Jordan 5 'Black/Metallic Gold' in 2013, his love for sneakers began. He was one of the sneakerheads who slept outside the store on camp-out days to get his dream pairs!

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

In 2009, while I was still in high school, I bought my first pair of Jordan 1s. I viewed them as a regular pair of shoes that I could use for almost anything, including dancing, playing basketball, and wearing them every day.

Back in 2013, when a friend offered me a used pair of Air Jordan 5 'Black/Metallic Gold', I never viewed Jordans as a treasure. That's when I realized the worth of sneakers, which sparked my passion.

All images via @denemidavid

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

The camp-out days. Before raffles were a thing, we would camp outside sneaker stores hoping to get a pair that we liked. We needed to be present whenever there was a roll call of the list and must sleep on the sides until the store opened.

The list consists of those who are waiting in line; if your name is called and you aren't there, the person in charge of the line will remove your name. Those were the most memorable of times!

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

Most of my sneaker rotations are Nikes, specifically Jordan 1s and Dunks.

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

It feels fantastic! Whenever I purchase a new pair, I store them on ice for at least a month before wearing them. It feels so good to put on deadstock pairs that fit flawlessly.

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

A collaboration Nike x Jabbawockeez would be dope!

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

Virgil Abloh. Although I've never owned a pair of Off-Whites, I've always admired his ability to deconstruct and reassemble designs. His designs are so recognizable that it is possible to identify them with just a glance and say, "Ah, that's Virgil's."

He is one of the GOATs to have ever done it.

What is the ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not acquired so far?

Probably the 2011 Jordan 1 OG High Banned. The one with the ‘X’ logo at the back.

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

Watches. Lifelong, I have never purchased a timepiece for myself. My watches were all gifts or presents from different occasions. Even though some of them aren't all that fancy, I still value them as my most precious items.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @denemidavid

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