Music was a huge part of my teenage years; I'd be at a concert almost every weekend. Back then, mosh pits were super gnarly, and the sneakers of choice were usually either Converse or Vans.
Between 2006 to 2009, all I wore were black high-top Chuck Taylors – no matter the occasion. I'd buy shoes, thrash them in a few months, buy another and continue the cycle. I must've bought and destroyed over 12 pairs during those years.
Collab culture and sneaker customs are trends for sure. I love when brands and artists spice up a classic silhouette, even more, when sneakerheads add their flavor and interpretations to their favorite pair.
I've tried messing around with Vans Slip-Ons, and the result is always extremely satisfying. Mainly because it's something that I've worked hard on. There's something about owning a pair of sneakers that no one else in the world has.
Powerful, I feel strangely empowered. I think a nice pair of kicks give me confidence.
I love Margiela for incorporating the tabi into sneakers, Rick Owens for his demonic deviance, and Kanye for pushing the boundaries. Feng Chen Wang's deconstructive Eastern aesthetic also gets an honorable mention in my book.
Margiela's avant-garde designs complemented by Rick Owens' dark side mixed with Kanye's ingenuity is something to look out for. That would make a sick monster of a sneaker (assuming the result can still be considered a sneaker).
The next pair on my list would probably be the G-Dragon x Air Force 1 '07 'Para-noise'
The following are my daily essentials: 1) a tumbler to stay hydrated, 2) a lighter (with a metal case that I bought from Seoul) for when I need fire, 3) a silicone Bottega iPhone case to keep my phone safe, and 4) my Shanghai Tang cardholder to keep my cards (absolutely love the dragon claw detail on the money clip).