Tim Suen sneaker collection in 2022
A lot has changed since we last spoke to Tim Suen for Straat Your Stuff in 2018. He’s gotten a good chunk of his sneakers back and is even choosing to sell his Dunks when everyone is asking for them. We caught up with the founder of Hartcopy to hear his thoughts on sneaker culture today and of course we offer a sneak peek at what his sneaker collection looks like in 2022.
A lot has changed since we last featured Tim Suen for Straat Your Stuff in 2018. For one thing, he founded the sneaker page Hartcopy, which had been reposted a few times by the late great Virgil Abloh. Second, Tim got a good chunk of his sneaker collection back. We caught up with him the week of Hartcopy’s paperback launch to find out where he’s at when it comes to the sneakers he’s been into these days and why he’s been selling many of his Dunks.
It’s been 4 years since we presented your collection, how has your collection evolved?
I reduced my number of Dunks and increased the number of vintage Jordans. However, overall it is much smaller.
How many sneakers do you own right now?
Has your approach to sneaker collection changed?
To be honest, it’s been a long time since I bought a “collectible” sneaker. It’s really more about versatility for me these days.
What is the rarest sneaker you currently own?
I think it’s the AF25 Candace Parker sample. I have never seen anyone else with this pair. The colorway appears to be inspired by Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark Tour” swatch from 2008. Other details include “Can Can” embroidery near the heel.
What sneakers have you not sold since we interviewed you 4 years ago? Why keep them?
I believe one of them is the P Rod x Jordan Vulc Rod sample. It’s a beautiful piece of Paul Rodriguez history that few people know about. I’m keeping them because the price someone would be willing to pay probably won’t match the rarity and story behind them.
We heard you’ve sold most of your Dunk collection! What made you drop them?
Sometimes it’s good to let go to emotionally detach yourself from your physical possessions. When everyone is going through the Dunk euphoria, that’s a sign for sale.
What do you think of the rise of the Dunk? Why do you think it’s so popular?
I think it caught the attention of the mainstream thanks to Travis Scott a few years ago, which then trickled down to Nike releasing new colorways every week. They are easy to wear and durable.
Is there a Nike sneaker you feel like you’re sleeping on? Why does it deserve more attention?
I think the Presto deserves more love. I have always been a fan of the Presto silhouette for their comfort and their history. Additionally, the Presto has some of the craziest collaborations and colorways that make full use of the digitally printed upper. Presto’s potential is endless and I hope Nike brings them back soon. I vividly remember the Presto by Acronym – a masterpiece, really.
What do you think of sneaker culture as it is today?
From a broader perspective, it looks like everything is on the downtrend. Sneaker releases have slowed due to the aftermath of the pandemic. There isn’t a single sneaker in 2022 worth remembering, if I’m not mistaken. Not everything is bad. Maybe now is a good time for everyone to take a break from the hype and reselling and rediscover their love for sneakers.
You launched the Instagram page, Hartcopy, since our last conversation. What inspired its development?
I always wanted to archive the shoes I had like Hiroshi Fujiwara did in the book Sneakers Tokyo. It’s a print series that I’ve always been obsessed with referencing this format for social media. The rest is history.
Hartcopy has just published its first book. How did it happen?
I think our readers have been asking for a print for some time, so this is for them.
Tim Suen’s Nike.com Picks:
Nike SB Skate Top ($95)
Air Force Plane 1 ($199)
Cargo Jordan Flight Heritage ($199)
Essential T-Shirt (S$59)
This interview has been edited and condensed.