Tell us about the one pair of sneakers you couldn't live without?
I couldn't live without my white B-Ball Low Common Projects. I can really look to them for any occasion. They can be dressed up nicely, but also be worn as a casual white sneaker.
How did you come across them?
At first I only knew them as leather sneakers with gold numbering. Then, one day I saw them on Aziz Ansari and knew I wanted a pair. The cost of a pair was intimidating but I was determined to own them so I saved up for at least a couple months. Fifteen minutes after I cashed in my paycheque I walked over to Nomad and bought them. That day was good on so many levels. Originally I wanted the Achilles Lows, but soon realized they fit narrower than expected. I tried the B-Ball lows instead and loved them instantly.
What led you to sneaker collecting?
I began sneaker collecting as a result of wanting options for different fits and weather. There's definitely something about collecting that appeals to me, especially completing sets and series. As soon as you've thought about a shoe for a while, or seen it on someone, it's hard to shake the fantasy of having it.
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'd love to see Hender Scheme's take on a leather Reebok Classic. I'd use Hender Scheme's recognizable tanning cow leather and remove the tongue tags. I'm pretty sure they haven't tried that model yet.
Tell us about the most memorable sneakers from your childhood.
Honestly, most of my childhood was spent wearing some sort of Nike or Adidas. It would often switch up, ranging from Air Maxes to Stan Smiths or Free Runs. No one shoe really dominated, it was more whatever was easiest to play in and what looked dope to a kid still watching Sponge-Bob. The light up Sketchers were definitely pretty memorable.
Were there any sneakers you couldn't afford growing up?
There were always some seemingly technologically advanced sports shoes that evaded me because of their price point. Looking back on it though, I don't think I would have been a better soccer player with 100+ dollar size five soccer cleats.
What is your biggest sneaker pet peeve?
It's disappointing when the toe boxes crease up after only a couple of wears, especially with leather sneakers. It's also the worst when you eye a pristine display shoe and you buy a boxed pair and open it at home, only to discover a little fault in the stitching. That always gets me.
Tell us about your most recent pickup.
I recently copped the Nike Air Uptempos after seeing them on Soletraits. I also love the Dime graphic featuring the Uptempo design.
What pair of sneakers continues to elude you?
I've definitely taken a tentative liking to the Adidas NMDs. Those sell out pretty quick.