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Ryan Balmes - Filipino Reebok Enthusiast Interview


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May 31, 2023

Ryan @iamryanbalmes first became interested in sneakers in the 1990s, when the Reebok Shaqnosis and Kamikaze II caught his attention. He considers himself to be the biggest Reebok fan in the Philippines because it is the only brand he wears.

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

One of the greatest eras in sneakers was the 1990s, and this is where it all started for me. The bold designs of the Reebok Shaqnosis and Kamikaze II drew my attention.

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

When Allen Iverson hopped over Tyronn Lue during the 2001 NBA Finals, he was wearing the famous Reebok Answer IV sneakers.

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

I have a Reebok collection in Singapore and the Philippines and my rotation depends on these locations.

Currently, I am in Singapore and the sneakers that I usually wear are Reebok Classic Nylon, Reebok Question Mid, Reebok Royal Pervader, Reebok Answer V, Reebok Kamikaze II Low, and Reebok Zig Kinetica.

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

Certainly, it is an amazing feeling. Whether it is a reward for myself, a way to relieve stress, or for any other reason, the excitement of getting an outstanding pair of sneakers never wanes.

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

I would like to see a Louis Vuitton and Reebok collaboration.

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

I must admit that I am the biggest Reebok fan in and from the Philippines because I only wear Reeboks.

What is your ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not acquired so far?

I'm hopeful that Reebok will bring back the ES22. I missed out when they retroed in 2012.

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

My wardrobe essentials are plain black T-shirts and joggers. Additionally, I have Reebok apparel and caps.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @iamryanbalmes

YouTube: @RyanBalmes

Facebook: IamRyanBalmes

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