Akarat Va­narat

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It goes with­out say­ing one does not have to be a sneak­er­head to ap­pre­ci­ate sports shoes. “I’ve al­ways liked sneak­ers,” says Akarat Va­narat, founder of fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories re­tailer Mo­tif. More com­monly known as Oak, he adds, “I tend to go for white ones and al­though I’m not a col­lec­tor per se, I do have quite a few pairs.” With a pref­er­ence for sneak­ers that are a bit dressy, it comes as no sur­prise that amidst his ar­ray of shoes are lux­ury pairs by top cou­ture houses such as Louis Vuit­ton, Dolce & Gab­bana, Her­mes, Prada and Bal­main.

It is the com­bi­na­tion of el­e­gance and func­tion­al­ity in these high-end sneak­ers that Oak finds so ap­peal­ing. Recog­nised for their su­pe­rior con­struc­tion and em­pha­sis on qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, these brands have ar­guably be­come se­ri­ous con­tenders to sports­wear giants such as Nike and Adi­das. That said, Oak also has an in­ter­est in the more sporty and streetwear brands. “I have many pairs of Adi­das sneak­ers as well,” he says. “Mostly the Adi­das Ul­tra Boosts, which I have in sev­eral colours. That’s prob­a­bly the pair I wear most of­ten.”

As op­posed to the col­lec­tors fix­ated on keep­ing each pair spot­lessly clean—own­ing mul­ti­ple pairs but never wear­ing them—the busi­ness­man makes sure his shoes are used un­til they are worn out. A pair of sneak­ers he is look­ing for­ward to ob­tain­ing is Abloh’s Off White col­lab­o­ra­tion with Vans. “I would def­i­nitely like to add them to my grow­ing col­lec­tion,” he smiles.

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