sneakers

Serena Williams x Virgil Abloh Off-White Nike Air Max 97 "QUEEN"

I don't know how I got lucky, but yes, I GOT 'EM.

Seeing that there weren't many 'formal' shoots of them, I decided to go out to a tennis court - which just so happened to be USC's - and took some quick flicks of them.

After receiving them in person, I think I'm gonna keep these beauties..

The best pickups during All Star Weekend LA 2018

It was quite a blessing to live in Los Angeles during the return of All Star Weekend at the City of Angels, and I'm sure you already know that everywhere had things going down. Out of all of our choices of events, parties and other fun activities, 747 Warehouse St by adidas caught my eye.

They executed the event quite well in my opinion, and the exclusivity was certainly there. In order to get a ticket for the event, it wasn't something you could simply buy a ticket for - you had to either win them through a raffle via email or purchase an adidas shoe at select retailers. At the event had many opportunities to experience, including musical performances, shoe raffles as well as customization and experiences.

I was lucky enough to receive tickets for Day 1, Friday, with the purchase of a shoe and then later managed to win a Day 2, Saturday, which guaranteed my entry for the full festival. When the weekend finally arrived, it was exactly what I expected it to be. A full stage with big artists such as Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D. , Kid Cudi (who surprised everyone and brought out Kanye) and many more - who have a relationship with adidas. I also got to meet Alexander Wang and even saw James Harden walking by.

There was a cool factory experience as well that showcased the breakdown and origin of their various shoe models, a t-shirt printing service, even special invitations to design your own shoe. But lastly, the reason people really went for, was the sneaker raffles. They were all automated through a NFC chip inside your wristband and you enter each raffle on their machines designated at a location. Some of the exclusives you could win include Bape Dame 4's, Yeezy Blush 500's, Alexander Wangs, Futurecraft 4D and more. I came without the expectation of any wins - moreas the experience and performances - but boy was I surprised. I got away with Parley Mid Ultraboost, Yeezy Blush 500's, and of the sneaker pictured below:

Pharrell Ambition Crazy Lvl 1 BYW (Boost Your Wear) Friends & Family Exclusive.

Only 200 pairs made.

How did I win these?

Throughout the event, there were little side experiences going on in the schedule, and one of them was named " #TLKS " which featured a panel of big celebrities and influencers in the industry, which headlined none other than Pharrell Williams. My best friend was very intrigued by it, so I said you know what, why not. We waited in line for an hour prior to the discussion and thus, we were let in. However, a little surprise awaited us before entering the stands: a mystery raffle. We all entered the raffle with no expectations, but you know, why not.

The discussion was interesting to say the least, but as it concluded, next thing you know I receive a text notifying me I won the mystery raffle. I was in shock. I had NO CLUE what I won. I must say, the thrill was unlike any other sneaker raffle I've ever done. To this day, I still can't believe I own such a rare and exclusive item - thank you adidas and Pharrell.

The second shoe shown, which most people should know by now, are the Tinker 3's. After attending 747 Warehouse St on Friday and Saturday, a link was floating around of a free concert held by Jumpman, featuring Travis Scott. Without question, I managed to successfully register with my friends and I. As you would expect, the concert was amazing. And guess what? They dropped the Tinker 3's months early via Snapchat.

It was one of the dopest weekends. Thanks Los Angeles.

Forgiato x John Geiger 001 Sneaker Lookbook

Honored to have been offered the opportunity to do one of my biggest projects yet, a full lookbook for brand new Forgiato 001 sneaker by John Geiger. Shot with familiar faces in the industry, such as Beija Velez, Steezus Christ, Free Hand Profit and Dro aka Big Narco. I'm still in shock that I was selected to be the main shooter and editor for this, and it has yet to hit me that it's really real!

The sneaker releases in limited quantities exclusively on Forgiato.com at 7AM this Saturday, July 21st. Good luck if you're copping!

Why I'm choosing Adidas BOOST

First and foremost, this will be my first news post unrelated to photography. Being that this is my personal website, it will not only contain my photography work but also any content that relate to myself - whether it be my interests, thoughts, passions and expertise. 

With that being said, I'd like to talk about one thing I'm really passionate about: shoes. And diving deeper, let's talk about why I'm completely sold to this Adidas hype, and for good reason.

Adidas NMD R1 Mesh Charcoal Grey, $120

Adidas NMD R1 Mesh Charcoal Grey, $120

I got my first pair of core black Ultra BOOST with the help of a good friend. Why did I purchase? Purely the amount of countless comments and conversations along the lines of "they're the most comfortable shoes [I've] ever worn!" and not to mention it's a clean silhouette.

When I first put them on, I immediately recognized how lightweight they were, yet frowned because I felt like the shoe was completely suffocating my foot. I was somewhat discouraged at this point, as this was nowhere near 'most comfortable'. It sat in the box for a few weeks after try on, as I didn't really feel like I'd ever like that squeezing feeling. 

However, since my job consists of a lot of standing for hours, I decided to try them out work. By the end of a 8 hour shift, I completely forgot the squeezing feeling in my foot. And more important, my feet felt fine..they felt...GOOD. They didn't hurt at all, or were sore for wearing shoes all day.

I wore them more and more. My foot molded into the knit, and before I knew it, I wore them...every. Single. Day. I was completely sold and utterly impressed. That's when I became a fan of BOOST.

Now another subject comes across..what are my thoughts on Adidas NMD? A sneaker that's targeted more for the urban traveler, designed for outfits of all kinds, and equipped with the desirable BOOST.

The side "pods" provide support for the shoe while conveniently complimenting the structure.

The side "pods" provide support for the shoe while conveniently complimenting the structure.

The NMD is a lot harder to obtain due to sneaker culture's supply and demand. There are two main types of NMD's - the mesh and the primeknit (PK). The PK is so difficult to find at a retail price, so unfortunately I had to settle with the mesh...which I STILL had to line up for.

The NMD doesn't come with an insole - which is very interesting - and a feeling I didn't like. But check this, they didn't even have my size available and unfortunately I had to completely size up..and it just so happened to work out in my favor. With these types of shoes, you want it to hug your foot and can practically be slipped on. Of course the size up didn't allow this, but out of curiosity I added one of my Dr Scholl's insoles and they suddenly fit BEAUTIFULLY, and felt so much better.

Back tabs feature Japanese katakana/French that say "The Brand with 3 Stripes"

Back tabs feature Japanese katakana/French that say "The Brand with 3 Stripes"

 

I don't really have any complaints about the mesh, other than it does feel slightly rough when my toes rub against it, but really nothing to be concerned about. The $120 price tag is definitely reasonable for these. Hopefully I'll obtain a pair of PK's soon so I can write up a comparison and if the $60 more really is worth it.

They seem heavier than ultra BOOSTs, but this doesn't necessarily make it a concern at all. Personally I like feeling very grounded, and by no means is this shoe heavy in the first place.

And last but not least, the style. It is quite a fantastic silhouette - sneakerheads and nonsneakerheads cannot deny such simplicity and cleanliness of the shoe. They can definitely pair well with a hoodie, a flannel, and t-shirt...it's so versatile, and exactly what I need in my rotation. And they're so comfortable! As an avid traveler and explorer, these NMDs will definitely be brought on every trip I embark.

Overall, adidas is killing it with these fantastic releases and designs that offers both style AND comfort. And no, adidas isn't going to ever replace Nike - but they're reaching a level where they can stand side by side. And they did it with pure originality innovation.