This month we resume the DopeKoto Sneakerhead Talks series with another Melbourne Sneakerhead. A younger guy in the scene with a head full of knowledge and quite a tasteful sneaker collection to be precise. Let me introduce to you the homie, Andy James.

A Little Bit About Andy

“I’m a 21-year-old IT student, born and raised in Melbourne. Most of the time you’ll find me at a computer either studying or playing games. When I’m not facing the computer you’ll most likely find me with friends, on the basketball court or out getting burgers.
My style is pretty simple for the most part, I’m usually wearing a plain tee paired with pin-rolled jeans or cuffed chinos. I complete my fit with a wild pair of kicks to draw in some attention.”


Favourite Silhouette

“That’s a tough question but I think I would have to go with the ASICS Gel-Lyte III. The split tongue is just something so unlike any other sneaker and the panelling on the shoe allows for some insane colourways. The GL3 tops it off with a clean smooth shape that truly makes it number one for me.
Honourable mentions would have to be given to the Puma Blaze of Glory and New Balance 1500 as some of my other favourites.”


The Hardest to Obtain of the Three

“Hardest to obtain would definitely have to be the Sneaker Freaker x Size? x Puma ‘Geography Teachers’. Some grails will run you an arm and a leg and are easier to find. I consider these as grails in the sense of their rarity, I was merely fortunate to snatch them up on the German eBay at a crazy price.”


Current Sneaker Culture: Love and Hate

“I’m fortunate I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really cool people and make cool friends through the sneaker scene. Most of whom I’ve met or had brief encounters with. They’ve all been positive and friendly. They’re always keen to pass on their knowledge of the scene/kicks/history and to just generally help each other out.

One of the things I hate about the sneaker culture right now is when people buy shoes that are either way too big or way too small. It’s happened far too often on the day of or after release. These people are trying to trade up or down over 3 sizes. The trade almost never works out. So they put the shoes up for an exorbitant amount and then claim they’re not reselling or a reseller. End salt.”


A Collector or Enthusiast?

“I consider myself a collector as I believe being an enthusiast comes along with that. However, I’m not a sole brand or silhouette kind of collector like some people are. I collect what stands out to me and what I’m drawn too. As a Melbournian, it has drawn me to have a small Sneaker Freaker collection.”


Advice for New Sneakerheads

“I would say start slow, you don’t need to go out and buy 20 pairs. Your time would be best spent educating yourself and making friends while buying what you like along the way. Soon enough you’ll be staring at a sea of boxes and shoe trees realising where all your money went.”

As we finish our 9th instalment, I want to give a massive shout out to Andy for been a great sport. Even bigger props for “UnDS-ing” his ‘Geo Teachers’ just for the shoot — a defining moment to have witnessed a rare sneaker in that condition.

To our readers, thanks again for all the support and make sure you check in with us next month for more Sneakerhead Talks.