Tell us about the one pair of sneakers you couldn't live without?
It would have to be a pair of New Balance 1500's designed by the grafiti artist Rezoh. I think they were my first pair of made in England NBs, so the quality is amazing and the line drawing was made on one large piece of leather and then the shoe panels were cut out, making each pair different from the other. Being one of only 84 pairs made, it is possibly one of the rarest NBs out there.
How did you come across them?
I picked them up in 2006 back in the heyday of Canadian sneaker culture, when GoodFoot had stores in T.O and MTL. Ace, who was managing the store at the time, mentioned that he had something special coming in that might interest me and he was right! GDFT in MTL was a great spot for local heads to hang out, especially monday nights when my good friend Toddy Flores was working.
What led you to sneaker collecting?
I have never considered myself a collector. I don't have more of any one brand than any other. After years of questioning why I have so many shoes, I realized that I am more interested in good design than in fashion and that translates to a lot of things in my life. Whether it's my interest in architecture, or in Danish furniture. Good design trumps fashion every time.
If given the chance to collaborate on one sneaker design, which brand and model would you choose? What would the finished product look like?
I have been lucky enough to work on many shoe collaborations in my career at Off The Hook. We have now done over 10 shoes with many different brands and the most exciting collaboration is always the one that you are working on at the moment. Up until the day customers can buy it, then you dont want to look at it anymore (lol).
Tell us about the most memorable sneakers from your childhood.
I would have to go with the Agassi Air Tech Challenge 2 in the Hot Lava colourway. Agassi was huge when I was a kid and seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that is hard to understand today. I think I went through 3 or 4 pairs when I was a kid, which is funny now, because I don't own a pair.
Were there any sneakers you couldn't afford growing up?
One guy on my basketball team had the Jordan 4 when it was released and no one else could afford it. It still bugs me just thinking about it and that's why the only jordan I buy today is the 4.
What is your biggest sneaker pet peeve?
People not wearing the shoes. I don't have any pairs I haven't worn. Also kids who resell and inflate the importance of very available shoe and don't appreciate quality over brand allegiance.
Tell us about your most recent pickup.
The Converse Chuck 2. It's an amazing shoe. Very subtle, but substantial changes that will get even die hard Chuck haters to be lovers.
What pair of sneakers continues to elude you?
A fresh pair of Adidas all white Ultra Boosts. I love the Boost!