Dad and I: A Fathers’ Day Sneaker Special

Some dads and their kids bond over fishing, good food or sports. These dads and their kids have sneakers in common. We talk to 9 dads and their kids to find out more.

King and Putra

King, 35, and Putra, 8, are wearing the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared”.

How many sneakers have you bought Putra?
About 27 to 30 pairs, some of which have been given away or sold as Putra outgrew them. I kept a few pairs for sentimental purposes.

Which is Putra’s favorite pair and why?
His current favorites are the Jordan 11 “Breds”,but he is also attracted to Roshes now. I’m not sure why!

If you’re spending a day out together, how do you decide which shoes you’re both going to wear?
For me, it’s simple. Always let him decide what he wants to wear, even for his own clothes. I will then match my sneakers with what he has chosen. Sometimes, I disagree with what he has picked out, as it was already worn the previous week. Having over 20 pairs, he needs to put them on rotation!

Faisal, Khy’dir and Habeel

Faisal, 34, is wearing the Blends x Vans Old Skool. Khy’dir, 4, is wearing the Vans Toddler Checkerboard Sk8 Mid V and Habeel, 2, is wearing the Vans Toddler Gum Old Skool V.

How many sneakers have you bought for your children?
I have bought them less than 10 pairs. Most are gifts from our loved ones. I’ve made a point to have bigger sizes on standby since kids grow so quickly. Currently, we have secured sneakers up to kids size 12.

Which are their favorite pairs and why?
Khy’dir’s current favorite is the classic Vans checkerboard slip-on, perhaps because it’s easy for him to wear himself. Habeel is barely two years old and has to keep up.

When you spend a day out together, how do you all decide which shoes to wear?
So far I have no problem with choosing, as both of them are still young. The boys have always wanted to wear similar shoes as me!

Fariz and Zara Miranda

Fariz, 30, is wearing the SBTG x Vans Sk8-Hi “Feline Fury”, while Zara Miranda, 2, is wearing the X-Girl x Vans JP Slip-On.

How many sneakers have you bought Zara?
She has 10 pairs of shoes. We’ve been buying pairs that are half a size bigger, as toddler feet grow very fast.

Which is Zara’s favorite pair and why?
Slip-on shoes have been one of her favorites. We always ensure that the shoes are comfortable because they are important for her developing feet and pretty much go anywhere.

If you’re spending a day out together, how do you decide which shoes you’re both going to wear?
My daughter has started having an opinion and a very unique fashion sense. She herself will pick up the shoes that she’s going to rock and then we both decide which outfit to match the shoes with.

Patrick and Gabriel Fernandez

Patrick, 29, is wearing the Woei x ASICS Tiger GEL-LYTE III “Cervidae”, while Gabriel, 4, is wearing the Air Jordan 7 “French Blue”.

How many sneakers have you bought for Gabriel?
15 pairs plus a few more coming this month.

Which is Gabriel’s favorite pair and why?
He used to love his Jordan 3 “Fire Red” before he outgrew them because it’s that one pair where our whole family has the same model and colorway. Now he’s more into lifestyle sneakers like Roshes, slip-ons and the like because they are lighter compared to Jordans.

If you’re spending a day out together, how do you decide which shoes you’re both going to wear?
I normally let him choose what pair he wants, unless it’s totally off with his outfit. It also depends on the weather, because we try to avoid wearing pairs with suede on rainy days.

Sham, Aniq Irfan and Alya Insyirah

Sham, 39, is wearing the Air Jordan 6 “Carmine”. Aniq Irfan, 7, and Alya Insyirah, 2, are wearing the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared”.

How many sneakers have you bought for your children?
Currently our kids have got about 20 pairs of shoes.

Which is their favorite pair and why?
My son prefers the Air Jordan4. He said it’s comfy ‘cos he has wide feet.

If all of you are spending a day out together, how do you decide on which shoes you’re going to rock?
We try to rock the same pair, if not I’ll just let Aniq choose what he wants to wear. My daughter hasn’t understood the sneaker game yet but I try to match hers with whatever we’re wearing.

Melvin and Lucas Chen

Melvin, 35, is wearing the Nike Air Max 95 “OG”, while Lucas, 4, is wearing the Air Jordan 11 “Georgetown”

How many sneakers have you bought Lucas?
Probably around 30 plus pairs of shoes.

Which is Lucas’ favorite pair and why?
His current favorite pair is the blue Murakami x Vans slip-on, because the skull on the toe glows.

If you’re spending a day out together, how do you decide which shoes you’re both going to wear?
I let him choose his own kicks. Nobody can tell him what to wear…these 4-year-olds are very opinionated.

Benjamin and Dexter Tan

Benjamin, 59, is wearing the Air Force 1 Low “Closing Ceremonies”, while Dexter, 28, is wearing the Nike Air Force 1 Low “SBTG”.

Who got into sneakers first?
I did. My dad started buying sneakers after I started working at Warped. He used to come by along with my mom and brother and check out shoes. Soon he got drawn into the shoe game.

How many pairs of sneakers does he have?
He has about 30 pairs.

Do you guys make it a point to wear the same sneakers out together?
We don’t usually coordinate. My dad wears whatever he feels like wearing, but I tend to not wear the same pair as him. We have seven similar pairs, and he has stuff that I want.

Leo and Jervis Adysaputra

Leo, 34, is wearing the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove”, while Jervis, 9, is wearing the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black”.

How many sneakers have you bought Jervis?
I can’t recall the exact numbers, but it’s 10 pairs at least.

Which is Jervis’ favorite pair and why?
His favorite pair is the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black”. He managed to win it during Limited Edt’s raffle. It was his first time taking part in a raffle and he was really excited to have won it. Beginner’s luck plays a part.

If you’re spending a day out together, how do you decide which shoes you’re both going to wear?
If we’re going out for the whole day and if it involves a lot of walking, we would go for runners such as the Nike Sock Dart or ASICS Tiger GEL-LYTE III because of the comfort. If it’s a rainy day, we would go for more of a leather upper, like Air Jordans or Air Force 1.

Christopher, Sam and Liz Cortes

Christopher, 40, is wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VII “Year of the Dragon”. Sam, 9, is wearing the Nike LeBron XI ASG, while Liz, 2, is wearing the Air Jordan 6 “Carmine”

How many sneakers have you bought for your children?
My son used to have 15 to 20 pairs. My daughter is a different story… My wife decides what to buy her and she wears them. I’ve bought her three pairs of sneakers.

Which is Sam’s favorite pair?
My son’s favorite pair are the Lebrons.

If all of you are spending a day out together, how do you decide on which shoes you’re going to rock?
It depends on a few factors. Namely, what activity we have planned for the day, how’s the weather and who we’ll be with.

What sneakers are you getting for dad this Fathers’ Day? Tell us in the comments section below!

Read More: Straatosphere Fathers’ Day Gift Guide 2016

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