Sneakerness asked some sneakerheads and influencers from around the globe three questions.
We talked to Kiwan Leung from Approved Sneakers.
How did you get into sneakers?
From a young age I was fascinated by sports and sneakers, hip-hop and especially US sports because at that time all things from the USA were cool. From thereon out my love for sneakers was natural as it is part of the hip-hop scene as well as sports. The commercial I saw when I was young for the Jordan 3 “Black Cement” with Michael Jordan and Spike Lee was THE reason why I needed to get each and every Jordan sneaker I could get my hands on. I started with my first and best love: the Air Jordan 1 “Bred”.
When did you know you were hooked?
Well as a Jordanhead I was completely frustrated as a youngster because I didn’t have enough money to buy every release. So when I started to earn money I wanted to get each release of the Jordan 1 “Bred” and each OG Jordan colourway, the 2008 Countdown Packs especially made my head spin… Then I realised that I was a complete addict… and every addict has his weak and strong moments. My weakest moment was when I was sick of the game seven or eight years back and offloaded almost my entire collection. I don’t regret it though, because ultimately this was the start of being a reseller and of Approved Sneakers three years back. Another bad moment was last year where I sold all my Countdown Packs because I was frustrated that I could not get the Jordan 3/20 Pack in DS condition. Of course a few months after I had sold them all I found the 3/20 Pack… Stupid.
Which sneaker do you think should make a comeback?
Basically a retro release is not always a good thing. It disturbs a real collectors collection; or you might say it undermines the value of old releases. On the other hand, it gives a whole new generation the chance to get in touch with the history of sneakers. If I should name one: re-release the Nike Mag with powerlaces but for the main public – make it a general release!