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Singaporean Sneakerhead: Daniel


Camille Lumogdang
October 20, 2022

Daniel, @xiaowongsta, is one of the lucky few who had access to sneakers from a young age, at 14 he got hooked onto sneakers and never looked back. He admires the works of the late Virgil Abloh and Jerry Lorenzo for their narratives and design language used in their creations.

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

I have always been blessed to have access to shoes since I was young. But my passion for sneakers actually started when I was 14 - seeing my basketball coach wear a pair of Nike Dunk High Olympic. It all went bonkers from there.

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

The moments that resonated with me the most are the storytelling behind the Nike Dunk SBs back in the day and, recently, Virgil's (RIP) new narratives with his design.

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

The excitement of getting a pair of new sneakers has been the same since I was 14, except now, on a daily basis. It was the same routine - smell, stare, and smile.

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

I love Virgil, Chitose Abe, and Jerry Lorenzo. These three have very different styles, but all have one thing in common - quality and distinction from others.

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

It was the Nike working with Ye again, the forbidden fruit.

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

Some pairs in my rotation are the XT-6, Jordan 1 Low Solefly, FOG Californias, Dunk Low SB Mummy, and Viotech Dunk SP.

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

I have too many to single out one.

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

Of course, I treasure my Apple watch, LV pocket organizer, Moncler x GM shades, and a cap.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @xiaowongsta

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