Celeb sneakerheads whose shoe collections are out of control

Warning: You may become overwhelmed with the urge to go sneaker shopping after reading this article

Celeb sneakerheads whose shoe collections are out of control
Celeb sneakerheads whose shoe collections are out of control
09 May 2018

Celeb sneakerheads whose shoe collections are out of control

We make no apologies for the fact that we love celebrities and their fashion. We stalk them on social media to see what they wear, lust over their bags and homes, and now, we’re admiring their sneaker collections. We’re not talking about collections of just 10 or 20 pairs. Sneakerheads like Lee Teng, Gerald Koh and Ben Yeo, who have shoe displays that resemble a store (or storeroom), are in a league of their own.

Sure, with endorsements and sponsors, they often score free swag, but contrary to popular belief, these sneakerheads buy most of their kicks, simply because they got to have them pronto. So without further ado, here’s a peek into their envy-inducing collections.

Gerald Koh
Gerald Koh
09 May 2018

Gerald Koh

"I have an addiction I cannot control," said Gerald Koh in regards to his sneaker shopping habit. And after seeing photos of his sneaker wall, which he dubs the “holy grail”, we’d have to agree. And these ones are just for admiring. Unsurprisingly, the 987 DJ has lost count of his collection, but he estimates it to be around 140 pairs... and counting.

“If I can get the chance to buy two pairs of a certain model, I will wear one and [safekeep the other]. Girls will understand me. I’ve got about six doubles. And sometimes I would buy the same pair twice because I don’t remember that I have it already,” he admitted.

The sneaker fanatic buys a new pair each week, with the most recent and priciest purchase being the highly-sought after Nike self-lacing HyperAdapt, which he shelled out close to $1,000 for and keeps “under lock and key”. But that’s not even his most extravagant shopping spree. His record for most number of sneakers bought during a trip? 18. No wonder he always flies Business Class.

Photo: Gerald Koh

Kimberly Wang
Kimberly Wang
09 May 2018

Kimberly Wang

Boasting a sneaker wall of a different kind is Gerald’s on-air partner Kimberly Wang, whose 130-sneaker collection is stacked up in shoe boxes against her bedroom wall. “Just imagine one side of your room [completely filled] with boxes. I stack them as high as I can reach and then I start another row. And I have no more space, so I feel a bit stressed now when I see a pair of shoes that I want,” she lamented.

These days, Kimberly uses more “eye power” when it comes to shoe shopping but that hasn’t stopped her from snapping up Stan Smiths in an array of styles and colours (she has at least ten pairs of white ones alone) or lusting over the new collection of pastel-hued Yeezys that might be hitting the market. “I want every colour. I’m a magpie. If it’s shiny and colourful, I like. Maybe I won’t get all the colours. Maybe just a few,” said Kimberly. Spoken like a true sneakerhead.

Photo: Instagram/@ohhowstrange

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
09 May 2018

Jeffrey Xu

Jeffrey Xu’s love affair with sneakers started at a very young age. He used to play basketball, got into street dance, and that was when he was introduced to sneaker culture. And being one of the “top” teen models of his time in China meant that he had the disposable income to buy whatever he wanted, sometimes more than one pair a month.

But the actor is more than just a collector. He’s passionate, knowledgeable and can wax lyrical about sneakers for hours on end. “I would love to open a sneaker or streetwear store and be able to educate others but the sneaker culture here has to be strong, otherwise I am just burning money,” he shared.

Jeffrey’s diverse collection includes sneaks from high fashion brands like Christian Louboutin and Saint Lauren, as well as rare finds like the self-lacing Nikes (he even managed to snag a pair for girlfriend Felicia Chin) and glow-in-the-dark Jordans. And though his buying has slowed down tremendously the last few years, his willpower sometimes falters in the face of a good deal. “I once bought three pairs of sneakers in 15 minutes when I was in Hong Kong. Time is not an issue but you have to be quick because Hong Kong is sneaker paradise,” he said.

Photo: Instagram/@jeffrey_xu​​​​​​​

Lee Teng
Lee Teng
09 May 2018

Lee Teng

If you follow Lee Teng on Instagram, you will know the newly-minted Skechers brand ambassador loves his sneakers and has a sick collection to match. He has so many impeccable kicks – upwards of 50 pairs at last count - that he had to convert half of his balcony into a shoe closet, which, by the way, is full. And these are just the ones in Singapore. He recently donated some shoes and still has some “spares” stashed away in his parents’ home in Taiwan.

Over the years, Lee Teng has admittedly gone out of his way to cop a pair of prized kicks. He’s tried balloting (failed), paid people to queue for them (failed), queued for them himself (scored), but the “craziest” was when he got a friend to buy the Supreme x Nike Air Force 1s from Korea for about $800. “But the price has appreciated quite a bit,” he justified. “But I won’t sell it. It’s too precious.” Well, guess we’ll just have to wait for him to donate it.

Photo: Skechers, Lee Teng

Ben Yeo
Ben Yeo
09 May 2018

Ben Yeo

While Ben Yeo would never go to extremes to get his hands on a pair of shoes (queueing is a no-no), he has no qualms about splurging on limited editions. That includes his Pharrell Williams x Adidas Human Race NMD N.E.R.D., which he recently splashed a high “four-digit sum” for, as well as an assortment of kicks so big that they don’t fit in his store room – yes, that’s an avalanche waiting to happen.

And it doesn’t help that his two boys have taken after daddy’s love for sneakers and fashion sense, and have amassed quite a collection of their own. “They will say things like these shoes don’t match with my outfit today and sometimes we will wear similar shoes when we go out. Father and son twinning,” said Ben.

Photo: Ben Yeo

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
09 May 2018

Shane Pow

Kimberly may be the undisputed sneaker queen of Mediacorp, but boyfriend Shane Pow is no slouch either. The former basketball player (he used to play for the national youth team) has been collecting sneaks since he was in school and used to look forward to Chinese New Year when he could buy a new pair of trainers with his ang bao money.

Though he has a soft spot for white sneakers, his most expensive is a pair of camouflage print kicks from Givenchy, which set him back about $1,000. “There was only one pair left in the boutique and they only had one size. When I tried it, I had a Cinderella [moment], so I bought it. I really like it and I think it’s worth it,” Shane grinned.

Photo: Shane Pow

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
09 May 2018

Carrie Wong

Two years ago when we spoke to Carrie Wong about her sneaker collection, her Adidas NMDs, which were her biggest splurge with seven pairs, were a staple in her rotation. She’s since stepped up her shoe game. The proud mama of more than 50 pairs of kicks, including several white ones that she cannot bear to wear ("it’s quite stressful!”), revealed that she once splurged on six pairs at one go. Despite her mum’s nagging and space constraints, the sneakerhead has no intention of slowing down. “I just bought an extra big shoe rack so I can continue collecting,” she quipped.

Photo: Instagram/@carriewst

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