Like just about every urban subculture on the planet, the sneaker scene is now largely driven by social media. News of the latest releases, trends, and events in the world of shoes now travel the world over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. People are finding new ways to show off their collections and freshly-copped pairs online, and hashtags like #kickstagram and #igsneakercommunity grow by the second.
One thing that hasn't quite changed though is every sneaker-freaks' desire to one-up the next guy, whether by walking around in better shoes or just by knowing more about the latest in kicks. Thanks to Instagram, both of those are now easier—as long as you're following the right people.
Keep yourself posted on what's new and what's hot in the footwear game by regularly checking up on these must-follow Pinoy sneakerheads on IG!
ANTONIO AGUIRRE JR. (@mrsoleslam)
Aguirre is among the most recognizable personalities in the local sneaker and streetwear scene, mostly because he's the man behind Sole Slam Manila—a massive event for sneakerheads that's on its eighth run this year. Peep at his feed for a look at some of the holiest of shoe grails, not to mention a lavish lifestyle to aspire to.
BIGBOY CHENG (@bigboy_secretfresh)
He's the head honcho of popular art gallery Secret Fresh, the man behind Ronac Art Center, and one of the first to introduce the Nike SB to the Philippines. Nowadays, his feed has more vinyl toys and street art, but it still has a lot of cool sneakers and the occasional peek at his rotation.
CHENG ORTALEZA (@otileunam)
International Nike SB communities know him as "Senyor Cheng," and Ortaleza has always been a purveyor of the #veryrare. He's an OG of SB, and he hasn't got any qualms about wearing and posting photos of sneakers that we're probably never going to have.
DENNIS TAN (@flectarn_ocho)
His profile description says "Revelator at Titan," because he's one of the basketball boutique's founders. Follow Tan to see the latest from Titan, and to see a lot of cool basketball kicks—both classic and performance.
MIGS ROCHA (@migsrocha)
As the managing editor of SLAM PH and a Titan affiliate himself, Rocha has quite a bit to share on Instagram, in terms of both sneakers and basketball. But as his feed will show, he's got a lot more than just ballin' shoes.
MAJ VELOSO (@marcjoshveloso)
Everything about this guy's Instagram feed looks clean and well thought-of. He's the founder of @teamstreetwearph, which makes perfect sense when you look at all the hyped-up jawnz he posts. With all the Flyknits, Y-3s, and Supremes that's on there, it's going to take you a while to get on his shoe game level.
MARTIN DAVID (@solemovement)
Solemovement.com has long been a reliable source for updates on local sneaker releases. David, the man behind it all, continues to spread the word on Instagram. Follow him if you want to know what's dropping next.
IRA CORDERO (@ira.cordero)
As the creative director of Sole Slam Manila and an art director for Illest Brand Clothing, it's safe to say that Cordero has taste. His 'gram feed is not just a repository of awesome sneaker snaps; it's also a great source of visual inspiration in general.