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THE DAILY / The ‘King of Trainers’ edits sneakers

For the London-based sneaker obsessive Franklin Boateng — or the ‘King of Trainers’, as he’s known to his followers — searching out the rarest styles is a single-minded pursuit. ‘When I was growing up I would visit my aunt in New York,’ he explains, ‘and I’d bring back sneakers that you couldn’t get in the UK. That’s how I got my nickname.’ Now a full-time creative, who frequently collaborates with the sneaker brands he collects, his passion for footwear has become an all-encompassing lifestyle. ‘Even when I travel for a weekend, I take 10 pairs with me, as I can change my trainers up to three times in one day,’ he says. ‘I’m really terrible for booking extra luggage. But having good sneakers is like having a gold medal around your neck,’ he says. ‘The feeling you get from a fresh pair of sneakers is unexplainable.’ Here, Franklin edits his favourite trainers of the new season. In shot: Franklin wears sneakers by Nike x Off-White.

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