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David Cheah - Malaysian Sneakerhead Interview


Hapsari Listya
June 11, 2023

David @dav1d_cheah's interest in sneaker culture began with a pair of New Balance 247s. He idolizes Teddy Santis because Teddy has collaborated with well-known brands and organizations, and his collaborations typically mix his own creative style with an original take on each.

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

During college, I became obsessed with sneakers after seeing a pair of New Balance 247s that intrigued me with their unique design and outstanding construction.

All images via @dav1d_cheah

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

In the history of sneaker culture, the popularity of New Balance sneakers as a stylish and fashionable choice in recent years stands out to me.

I believe that Aimé Leon Dore's collaboration with New Balance resulted in highly sought-after sneakers that complemented New Balance's heritage and quality with Aimé Leon Dore's unique design approach.

The collaboration highlighted the power of collaboration in the sneaker business, as well as the influence of both brands.

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

New Balance 992 Made in USA 'Navy,' New Balance 550 'White Green,' New Balance 327, and last but not least, Teddy Santis x New Balance 990v6 Made in USA 'Grey Day 2023' are some sneakers that are currently in my daily rotation.

These sneakers are well known for their comfort, classic design, and flexibility.

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

Wearing fresh sneakers gives me a boost of confidence.

The fashionable design and attention to detail complement your entire look and make a statement about your personal style.

You can't help but feel proud and confident as you go about in your new kicks.

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

The collaboration between New Balance and Hoka One One could represent an interesting blend of two brands that specialize in various sectors of the sneakers market.

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

Teddy Santis stands out for me because he has worked with well-known brands and organizations such as Woolrich, Drake's, New Balance, and Porsche.

His collaborations frequently combine his distinctive aesthetic sensibility while bringing a fresh perspective to each.

Aimé Leon Dore has become known for its high-quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and sophisticated yet approachable designs under Teddy Santis' artistic direction.

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

Madness x New Balance 990v3 Friends and Family edition and New Balance 992 x Studio FY7 (only 250 pairs will be available) are my holy grail sneakers.

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

Aside from sneakers, my everyday staples are the Casio G-Shock GM-S2100B-8A and IEM earbuds.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @dav1d_cheah

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