Hey! My name is Philipp Orel, I’m 22 and I was born and raised in Vienna, Austria!
Since my teenage years I am into sneakers and basketball shoes, although I wouldn’t consider myself being a sneakerhead back then as I was neither collecting kicks nor obtaining and exchanging information about sneakers or anything that had to do with it.
Who roused me to passion for sneakers was my current girlfriend back in 2013 when we had gotten together and the first generation of the Nike Flyknit Racer Multicolor was released. Luckily I could cop them a few weeks after release at my local sneaker store „Paar Laden“.
Although I entered the scene late compared to the ones being there since the beginning I started to make new friends and building a network all around the world quickly. Today I am proud to call myself member of the famous WOMFT? crew which was established in Vienna in 2011. WOMFT? (What’s on my feet today?) is one of the biggest communities on the internet with over 30 000 members. I am responsible for the social media channels, cooperation with shops and brands all over the world and for our ongoing giveaways which you should check out on Facebook and Instagram!
What I enjoy about sneakers is that by having unlimited varieties of color and material combinations you can express yourself in a different way every time you choose what sneakers to wear and thus you can differ from everybody else. Besides that, certain sneakers just look awesome on-feet and can be combined with a lot of different outfits.
Another thing I like is the sneaker community. As mentioned before I made some cool new friends locally and globally and it is very fun for me to have conversations about sneakers, to exchange knowledge about current and older releases and just to meet new interesting people.
My current collection includes about 60-70 pairs of sneakers but of course there are a few of them which I will never give away any time soon as I really like the look and story behind them. Here is my personal Top 10:
1. Asics x Footpatrol Gel Saga
2. Nike Air Max 1 Hazelnut
3. Asics x Solebox Gel Lyte 3
4. Nike Air Force 1 “Vachetta” Low
5. New Balance x Solebox 1500 “Red Finals”
6. Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka
7. Nike Flyknit Racer Multicolor 1.0
8. Nike Air Max 1 Pink Pack
9. Adidas EQT Running Guidance Primeknit
10. Kangaroos x Afew Omnicoil II “Peanut Butter”
All credits for the picture go to Thomas from S-Art Photography, hope to supply you with more sick shots in the future.
Finally, I want to say thank you to Epsilon Magazine for giving me the opportunity to tell something about my connection to sneakers. Hope to meet your team one day in person.