Why are you into shoes? What's so exciting about it?
"If I had been asked this question 25 years ago, I would've gladly and immediately said each sneaker I got brought me closer to my basketball heroes.
They literally made me feel like I had a tangible piece of their talent which (in my youthful mind) made me run faster and jump higher.
Nowadays, it's mostly for nostalgia. I mostly collect retro kicks I had or missed out on when I was younger. We were just an average income family back then, so it was really a very special moment whenever I would receive a pair of sneakers from my parents or grandparents.
My very first Jordans were the WC4's that came from my dear lola.
Since there were no proper Nike stores or athletic stores back then in the Philippines, my lola had to pull a lot to strings to get them from the United States.
I cherished those 4s. Everytime I lace them up, not only does it remind me of the time I discovered Michael Jordan but it also helps remind me of my lola's memory and our special bond.
These days it's no longer the new shiny hyperstrike teched-out collab sneaker that gets me hyped up. But more of being a witness to how much our community has grown globally and how much of a positive impact we're having on society as a whole. We are currently experiencing one of our worse bushfire season.
There were tons of devastation to lives, properties, animals and the environment. The local sneaker communities and personalities here in Australia did not waste any time at all raising funds and lending a helping hand to the cause. This is what gets me excited."