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Filipino Sneakerhead and Vintage Lover: Johnuel Juntayas

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Camille Lumogdang
September 30, 2022

Air Jordan 1 Low Black Toe is the sneaker which triggered Johnuel's @johnuelcj sneaker obsession in 2020. As a vintage lover, he loves what Jerry Lorenzo does as Essential sub-lines designs are always outstanding!

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

It was in 2020 when I first had a personal sneaker that caught my heart. The Air Jordan 1 Low Black Toe triggered my passion for collecting sneakers. The high version is too expensive, so I opted for the low version. I had no regrets about that shoe, especially being a new sneakerhead. I love the OG colorways silhouette; that's why it is my first hype pair.

All images via @johnuelcj

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

I resonate a lot when people are styling streetwear more and vintage clothing became more popular since then. As a vintage clothing collector, I like to pair them with my AJ1!

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

Having a new pair of kicks is always the best feeling, especially if you like the shoe and have been dreaming of it for some time. It seems like a child receiving their favorite candy!

Wearing my dream sneaker feels surreal, knowing that the sneakers I've been eyeing for quite some time are now at my feet. And I always love unboxing fresh kicks, and it is very addicting. What is more satisfying when you wear your dream shoes?

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

I love the works of Jerry Lorenzo, the designer behind Fear of God. It's always outstanding when he releases the Essential sub-line!

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

This is a tough question, but I think Kanye West and Travis Scott should do a collaboration. The shoes they designed are always a hit and never went out of style. Both of them are creative in art and fashion, and we can't wait for the collaboration to happen.

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

I used to love bright silhouettes, but now I prefer to go with neutral ones. I can say that I've grown a fashion sense, and I'm fully aware that neutral colors never go wrong and it is much easier to pair it with many fits!

My current rotation includes Air Jordan 1 Dark Mocha, Nike Dunk Low Vintage Green, Yeezy Foam Runners, and New Balance 990 v5.

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

To state the obvious, and in my preference, the greatest of all time is the Air Jordan 1 Chicago. Apart from the shoe itself, we should also take a look at the story behind it.

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

As you can tell in some of my pictures, I always carry a tote bag or any bag. For me, it's essential, especially when I'm going out. It also spices up my outfits a little bit. Accessories are also a thing; some of my favourites are necklaces and bracelets. They complete my look!

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @johnuelcj

TikTok: @johnuelcj

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