It all started in high school; I had friends and classmates who were into sneakers but mostly basketball shoes. My best buddy had a massive collection of old and new fashion magazines back then; I borrowed a few from him then read them. I was fascinated by how the shoes look awkward but stand out when worn!
So, I got into something that would differentiate from my classmates who wore basketball shoes when it was wash day. I got my first pair; it was the Adidas Superstar, and that's how it started.
Definitely music and basketball; it gave me an eye opener to the sneaker world. The emergence of the Run DMC, Limp Bizkit (Fred Durst wearing the red, white superstar), Eminem, J. Timberlake, and Pharell is like today's new era. The 1990s were stacked with both culture and fashion.
For me, the exciting part is not wearing it. It's when you hunt and get a "W" on the pair you have been eyeing for a long time. Because when you have it, the excitement won't last long. Why? Simple, when you get another pair then the joy is over!
I'll share with you something that I always do: I won't buy a pair that released that year. Instead, I will buy the shoes when the hype is gone - although it's not hype sneakers. Most of the time I would cop a new pair after it's released one and half year and as long as it's still in my budget!
I have a lot because many good designers emerge every year in different parts of the world. I have been a WTAPS fan since the first time I saw the brand, but anything that is Japanese will catch my attention. Or anything that will suit my style regardless of the brand, I will wear it loud and proud.
A LOCAL sneaker brand collaborating with international brands would be exciting. Because we have been bombarded with global brands, I think it's time for us to be recognized.
Many of us have the mentality that if it isn't Nike or Adidas, I would say no. I fully understand because they are the OGs and TITAN of sneakers; the sneaker world has a vast culture that cannot be easily penetrated by a local brand, where checks and stripes swarm people.
I have NBs 990s, 991, and 576, Converse 70s classics and collabs, Vans classic and collabs like WTAPS, Supreme, Adidas, Puma, Asics, Nike, Jordans, Excelsior, Roas, Suicoke, Timbs, and World Balance to be honest.
I'm not really into hype sneakers, but I like shoes that can go all well with my style and outfit. If shoes suit my personality then I will definitely cop it!
Not a grail, to be honest; I think they are the Hoka One x Engineered Garments and the Nigel Sylvester Jordans. I have a lot in mind, but those I feel are more possible to cop than the others.
Oh, man!! I have a lot! It will be my haul of clothing that I rarely use, LOL! Jackets and pants are the most essential for me. I have this EPMD Stussy tee that cost over 150-200 dollars today, which I think is insane for an old tee.
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