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Poko - Thai Sneakerhead Interview


Hapsari Listya
January 24, 2023

Poko @katoh_poko7 was drawn into sneakers after watching some of his favorite athletes wear great sneakers in many tournaments. He prefers to wear comfortable sneakers like Saucony Shadow 6000 or Grid Azura 2000 as he needs to walk a lot during working hours!

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

A very long time ago, my first got drawn Air Walk one. Since then, I have started to enter the sneaker world. At that time, I only preferred skateboard shoes to other types. But, after I grew up, I knew amazing people like Jordan, Shaq, Barkley, Del Piero, and David Beckham. My passion and eyes can't take out what the pair wear on the court or the pitch.

Then I focused more on so many basketball shoes and also football boots. That time, Shaq and Barkley influenced me to wear Reebok basketball.

All images via @katoh_poko7

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

I got my first raffle when I was 14-15 years old. That time, we went to raffle Vans Old Skool OG in black color. You may think it an effortless pair, but at that time, only one pair was in my size, and around five to seven people wanted to buy it. No choice; the store started to do a raffle, and a lucky man like me got "L," haha!

Fortunately, I still got a chance to cop the blue one, and no one else was interested in buying it. So, it was an easy W for me!

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

Generally, on my working day, I used to walk around my company for a whole day, and then I prefer runner shoes like Asics Gel Lyte 3 and 5 also Gel Kayano 14 or Gel 1130, which are super comfy.

Some weeks I wear Saucony Shadow 6000 and Grid Azura 2000. I suggest this model for those who never try these shoes because they are super comfy.

I also wear New Balance; I can not pass on a series 99x as it's an easygoing pair and perfect for walking around my company for the whole day and meeting with my customers.

At my age, I mostly prefer comfy to the fashionable pair, but I never forgot the great moment with Air Max 1 or Air Jordan.

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

I feel like a kid who gets new toys, haha! New pairs always boost my mood, especially the pair I have been hunting for many years.

This is a perfect moment. I might say the "holy grails" pair or the "memorized" pair fulfilled me.

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

Many years ago, I heard and saw the picture of Asics Gel Lyte 3 collaboration with Off-White. These are so exciting to me, and I am unsure if it's just a concept design pair.

But if it exists, do you guys think how exciting they are?

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

I love Kiko Kostadinov and his team; they are amazing.

Before they teamed up with ASICS, I bet many people thought a performance or running pair was just an ordinary pair. But, Kiko changed my point of view, and maybe many people too, about performance pairs can be fashionable pairs and could be the holy grail for someone. His style created the hybrid pair or changed a small design and some materials. Most work for me.

Who will know his first collection Gel Burz 1, the reselling price is so much different from the retail price, even though it is only a hybrid running shoe.

Teddy Santis is also great; New Balance Teddy collection is the best answer, isn't it?"

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

I am trying to find a sample ASICS x Kith in my size (US10.5); as we know, most of the sample shoe is US9. But, for Asics x Kith, there are many sizes, for example, US6, US9, US10, US10.5, US11, and US13.

My dream is to get as much as possible; now, I got only three pairs out of RF collaboration (GL3 Cove, GL3 Knicks, and GL3 Homage). If you guys know the source, please let me know 😊

What are some of your daily essentials or treasured items besides kicks?

My daily essentials often change depending on my mood. Someday Fragment jeans, and eventually cargo pants.

But I always have to wear a bracelet and hat. I also bring my tote bag with my Bottega Veneta long wallet.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @katoh_poko7

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