A haven for Swoosh fans
When it comes to Pinoy sneakerheads, Bigboy Cheng is the first person that comes to mind. We’re not surprised: the DJ/Art Curator/Sneaker Collector/Toy Collector/Uratex heir is passionate about sneakers, and keeps around a thousand pairs at his home in Greenhills. Valued at several million pesos (we are not kidding!), Bigboy’s sneaker closet is literally a haven for sneakerheads.
We got the chance to check out some of them at his house, and here are some of our favorite picks from team Swoosh:
This clean pair of dunks is reportedly a collaboration between the Swoosh and the late DJ. The clean bred color-blocking is made unique with patent leather details, a metallic Swoosh, and DJ AM’s logos on the tongue. The pair came out in the late 2000s as a quickstrike release, so it is definitely a rare sight.
This ultra rare pair (only 73 pairs reportedly in existence) came out in 2005 and was only given out to family and friends. We’re not surprised that Bigboy has a pair in his collection (he elaborated that this is the 2018 reissue) given his clout and influence in the sneaker community. The olive green suede, paired with orange laces, black outsole, and an off-white midsole, makes this pair a definite neck breaker.
This exclusive pair was made together with the grand opening of Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers restaurant at the Mall of America. There are only 30 pairs in existence, and one has to donate at least $10 to join the raffle in order to get their hands on one. The raffle is for a good cause: proceeds went towards the first responders and communities affected by the California wildfire in 2018.
Air Jordan 3 Tinker Oregon
The Oregon Ducks have one of the best player exclusive pairs out their, and this particular one is no exception. Using the Air Jordan 3 Tinker model, this one has a suede green upper and a removable Swoosh–similar to the one with the Air Jordan 3 Tinker “Air Max 1”.
Air Jordan 1 “Colette”
This friends and family pair was made as a farewell to Colette, a sneaker retailer based in France, after being in the business for 20 years. The simple-yet-clean pair is decked in blue and white, with details like 1997 and 2017 on the heel, Colette’s logo at the back, and the words “Au Revoir” at the sneaker’s translucent outsole.
There are little details about both the pink and gray snakeskin pairs save for a Drake co-sign. Milton Sy (aka Anti Shoe Expert) told us that both colorways were specially made pairs, with only 23 in existence. Aside from the snakeskin detail, these mid-cut Air Jordan 11s have an embroidered 45 at the back.
This pair comes from a series of NCAA player exclusives using the Air Jordan 3. For the University of Northern Carolina version, you have the Air Jordan 3 decked in white with baby blue accents with UNC’s logo on the tongue.
Also a player exclusive, the Georgetown version swaps tumbled leather for cool gray suede. Dark blue accents adorn the sneaker, and it gets a personal touch with Georgetown’s logo on the tongue.
Travis Scott Air Jordan 4 unreleased colorways
Aside from the blue Travis Scott Air Jordan 4s, there are two more colorways that are expected to release in the future: one in purple and one in olive. There’s no official release date for both pairs, but Bigboy has his hands on both pairs this early. Both piairs have the same details like the blue one: Cactus Jogo on the right pair, Nike Air logo on the left pair, and buttery suede uppers.
Slated for a May 17 release, the Air Fear of God 180 definitely looks stunning in person with the black colorway. The suede upper and criss-cross straps blend in seamlessly with the sneaker, and the double-stacked heel Air unit looks great as well.
Which pair do you like the most from this list?