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Indonesian Sneaker Photographer and Air Force 1 Fan: Charles Jhonson

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August 20, 2022

Charles Jhonson @johnscj is an Indonesian sneaker photographer who wasn't interested in sneakers until he saw the Flyknit Racer series. He loves what Teddy Santis does with New Balance, hence he keeps many New Balance pairs in his current rotation!

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

It's started with Flyknit Racer series. I was looking for a new pair of sneaker back then in 2014 where I wasn't really a sneaker enthusiast. But after Flyknit Racer, I fell in love with runners like Asics and New Balance!

Of course, trends come and go - and I am aware of that. Actually, I'm an AF1 Guy because I always have a special place for them. It can't go wrong with Triple White, and I've been admiring AF1 collaboration since then, even though some pairs are too pricey for me.

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

I still remember when the first Adidas Yeezy Bost 350 Turtle Dove launch in 2015 and I didn't know a lot about raffle/ballot. However, that was also the moment that got me into reselling when there wasn't many sneaker resellers around.

All images via @jhonscj

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

Unboxing is always the most interesting part. I love to unbox new kicks, admire their creative designs/colour combination, its material, and of course the history behind them - like A Ma Maniere Air Jordan 3.

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

Teddy Santis, Ronnie Fieg, Jerry Lorenzo, and Salehe Bembury. All of them are inspiration for me as they are really building what they are passionate about. Unique and different.

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

IKEA.

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

New Balance 990 V3s SeaSalt, 990 V3s Marblehead, Crocs Salehe Bembury, Nike Air Force 1 White/Gum, New Balance 550 ALD Grey.

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

For now, I can say that it's the Air Force 1 Louis Vuitton Sneakers in Triple White colorway or White/Green.

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

I love unique Shorts, they are really a great pairing with sneakers. basically, I live in a tropical country and shorts are the best way to go. Nothing much besides sneakers. I decided just to love sneakers instead of any other things.

Where people can find you on social media?

Instagram: @johnscj

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