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Shawn Ortiz - Filipino Sneakerhead Interview


Hapsari Listya
May 10, 2023

Shawn @shawnortizxx, was drawn into sneakers nineteen years ago when he saw highlights of Michael Jordan at a karaoke party. For him, nothing beats the feeling of getting a fresh pair of kicks, and he dreams of one day owning the Air Jordan 1 OG 1985 ‘Chicago.’

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

This is my story of how I got into sneakers. Nineteen years ago, I was at a karaoke party and saw highlights of Michael Jordan. I was starstruck and curious about what sneakers he was wearing. I suddenly fell in love with them and didn't realize at that time that I was already a sneakerhead.

Years passed, and when I got my first pair of Jordan 11 Breds, I tried them on and played basketball in them. At that time, I felt like Mike.

All images via @shawnortizxx

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

I think during my high school days, basketball and skateboarding were the trends. Back in the day, these were two sports I used to play. Sneaker culture in these sports was a big thing.

Many hyped sneakers also came out at that time, such as 'Galaxy Foams,' 'South Beach 8s,' 'Tiffany Dunks,' 'SB Janoski,' 'Jordan 1 Chicago,' and many more. So at that time, I started to become deeply interested in sneakers.

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

My current rotation consists of Nike Dunks, Air Max, Jordan 3s, Nike Air Force 1, Jordan 4, and of course the Jordan 1.

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

The feeling of getting a new pair of sneakers is one of the best feelings in the world. I feel very happy and excited when I cop a new pair.

I just love to stare at them at first, then think later about what outfit will look good with them.

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

Jordan Brand x Aimé Leon Dore.

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

My favorite creator/designer is Jerry Lorenzo. I like his brand, Fear of God. I love the materials, tones, and coziness of each piece, and lastly, the brand speaks quality.

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

Air Jordan 1 OG 1985 'Chicago.'

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

Just sneakers hehehe.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @shawnortizxx

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