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New Zealand Sneakerhead and Photographer: Carlo Falqueza


Camille Lumogdang
August 31, 2022

Carlo @carlo.falqueza has been a sneakerhead since he was young and repeatedly watches sneaker series where it makes him easily recognise some sneaker models. Even though he's a Jordan guy, he also likes to support smaller and local sneaker brands which have their own unique characters!

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

I've always been a sneakerhead ever since I was young. Growing up, I repeatedly watched Nice Kicks' Sneak Peek episodes. One episode that really got me more into sneakers was Perfect Pair's collection video. In that video, I was fascinated when he explained each story of his sneakers and the difference between exclusive pairs, sample pairs, and general release pairs. Little details, such as a small tongue patch, can signify the sneaker's rarity.

The sneaker that triggered my passion was when I saw the Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers. I would say they are one of the most iconic sneakers of all time! I love how much thought has been put into it, from the dust bag, velcro strap, replaceable aglets, and lace locks. To this day, the Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers is one of the holy grails I wish to attain.

All images via @carlo.falqueza

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

I think the rise of Nike dunks. I remember when the dunks were just sitting in stores because everyone was busy buying Jordan Retros. But now it's the other way around; most retros are sitting on shelves, and dunks are selling out quickly!

When celebrities started wearing Nike dunks, and Nike started releasing GR pairs like Kentucky and Syracuse, I think that's when the hype and prices started going up. Sneakerheads and resellers would camp outside the stores 1-2 days before the initial release, which is crazy!

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

Every time I buy a pair of sneakers, I feel really excited; the first thing that comes to mind is how I will pair them with my outfits. I'm going to be honest, when I buy a fresh pair, I let them sit for a while until it's time to wear them.

Some sneakers I've bought have been sitting in the box for a year or two; I usually would only wear them if it's going to be a special day or when I need to post them on social media. After I've worn them once, they become part of my sneaker rotation. I think the concept of wearing them for the first time on a special occasion just adds a little story behind the sneaker.

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

Recently, I've been into Stepney Worker Club. The first time I saw them on TikTok, I knew I had to get myself a pair. They're just so unique, and the quality is 100% on point. The shoe has a luxurious touch and is also very affordable. I like to support smaller brands from time to time; I think they deserve all the recognition, love, and support for dedicating themselves to their product; for that, local and younger brands deserve all my respect.

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

I wish Kanye and Jordan could work together and design a shoe that will be remembered for generations. I want the sneaker to impact the sneaker/streetwear community as Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers and Air Mags!

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

My sneaker collection is mostly made up of Jordans and Nikes. I try to switch up sneaker rotation as much as possible. At the moment, my sneaker rotation consists of Jordan 4 Union' Guava Ice,' Jordan 1 'Storm Blue,' Nike Dunk Low' Michigan State,' Yeezy 500 'Blush,' New Balance 550 'White Grey,' Yeezy Foam Runners 'Sand,' and Stepney Workers Club Dellow S-Strike Grey & White.

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

That will be the Off-White Jordan 4 'SAIL'! That shoe, in my opinion, is the best off-white sneaker; the look, color, and details are hands down the best sneaker of 2020! I love how this pair can be worn with basically anything.

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

Definitely, my Solo Uno everyday hoodie; they're just so cozy and easy to wear. Secondly, my Casio A168WGG-1BDF watch, this watch just fits perfectly with any fits I wear. Last but not least, my Christian Dior signature card holder was gifted to me by my brothers. I appreciate my brothers so much.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @carlo.falqueza

Tiktok: @carlo.falqueza

Youtube: Carlo Falqueza

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