It was when I saw my own classmates wearing a pair of Heineken Dunk SBs to school. I remember how vivid the colours of the shoe represented and it was just so eye-catching! That was when I felt this connection and curiosity to find out about what you called today, "sneaker culture". My first pair were actually a pair of Nike AF1s "Bobbito".
The controversy between Kanye West & Nike prior to the launch of his "Red Octobers". Growing up in that era, I think that was a pivotal moment in sneaker history as it opened doors of creativity to other sports companies for them to innovate different technologies, materials, and designs to be on top of their game.
Definitely a boost in confidence and also creativity. Like I would get creative with my fashion and create different outfits just to match the new shoes. Usually, I would try to create 3 to 4 outfits to match a pair of kicks.
They would be Teddy Santis & Salehe Bembury.
I honestly think they bringing a different palette into the sneaker culture by incorporating a unique creative direction that represents not only them, but the general public as well.
If it's New Balance, I am hoping a Neighbourhood X New Balance would be interesting since they project a very similar creative direction.
4 years ago, they were still Jordans, Travis' collaboration, Vans and Yeezys.
Now they would be my New Balances 992s, 2002R and the 550s.
It's definitely the classic "Chicago" AJ1s.
Daily essential? That would be maintaining my 5-day fitness regime and my daily caffeine intake from my local Starbucks.