Meet Mo

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Mo, also known as @mobumbbbaaa on IG. Mo never disappoints with her amazing looks and her unique style! So let’s see what respect female sneakerheads means to Mo!

@mobumbbbaaa photo credit: @katiesphotolife

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Respecting female sneaker heads means giving us a fair shot. I learned in the last year or so that a lot of releases weren’t dropping in sizes fit for most women and I was mind blown. @ttfinlay has created a huge platform to bring awareness to this. I wear a size 10.5W/9M so I have a fair shot to cop just about every release and I couldn’t believe this was not the same for all my home girls. If a sneaker doesn’t drop in GS sizes most women can’t even get them and that makes absolute zero sense to me. I think that’s the first step to showing mad respect for women in the sneaker community. The other part of it is respecting ALL women in the sneaker community including queer, masculine presenting women. The queer influence in sneakers needs representation. I don’t see us enough. I would like that to change.

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

Sheesh, they’re so many for so many different reasons. @kimmiskiart and the way she designs and portrays sneakers through art is insane. @_artdealher does animation and graphic design to depict black women in sneakers and it’s fire. @djshante is creating sneakers from scratch. Like sewing materials together with her hands to make them, it’s crazy. @chicinsneaks is combining storytelling and nostalgia to display her love for sneakers. @styleandsnks has developed a platform to highlight the black queer influence on sneaker culture and that resonates with me greatly. @sneakervibesonly is giving us a safe space to discuss mental health as it relates to the one thing we all love, sneakers. @hergrails are hosting events and major sneaker experiences for women in sneakers not only in the Houston area but across the country. @cnkdaily is uplifting women through sneakers and streetwear. I could go on and on. @ticaradevone @keiakodama @she.landry @thicklaces @sneakersisterhood @sheilathedesigner just to name a few! There are so many women in the sneaker community who influence and inspire me.

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

I think there’s this one misconception that women just started being heavily involved in sneaker culture and that’s gotta change. There are some OG women in this game that have been in the trenches, camping, and bringing awareness and designing sneakers for years. I’m a rookie in this game and I’ve learned so much from and about them. And they deserve flowers and opportunities just as much as the OG men. I think we’re starting to see that shift and I’m just grateful to be here.

@mobumbbbaaa

These words from women in the sneaker community MATTER and I believe one of the ways for us to receive more RESPECT is to hear from us what It truly means and what it looks like to us! I hope you enjoyed this and learned alot!

Be sure to give her a follow on IG:

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Meet Aisha

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Aisha, also known as @soleofkicks on Instagram. Aisha has an amazing sneaker collection and she always gives us a good look to go with the sneakers. Let’s see what Respect Female Sneakerheads means to her!

@soleofkicks

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

To me, Respect Female Sneakerheads means giving women the rightful respect they deserve. It’s in the exact wording. Don’t undermine our intelligence and assume just because we are women you can school us on sneakers. Also don’t question why we are into sneakers and if we really have sneaker knowledge. Speaking as someone who does, it can be offensive but also if someone doesn’t..why do you care? If respect was given to women in general we wouldn’t have to demand it in the sneaker community.

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

I can’t name one because each day I am being exposed to just how vast this sneaker community of women are. I love to discover us, especially black women who are as myself authentically being ourselves and just so dope in our own way. Some celebs I have always looked up to for their style and contribution to sneakers would hands down be Teyana Taylor and Vashtie Kola. When I was in middle school trying to discover black women who wore sneakers, they were the only two who I felt truly represented me and my love for sneakers, fashion, and streetwear.

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

I hate how women who wear sneakers are sometimes perceived. When did it become a requirement for all women to wear heels? So I would change the perception many have of women who prefer to wear sneakers. No we didn’t get into sneakers because of a man. No a man isn’t contributing to our collection. Most of us truly put in the footwork to obtain our pairs, mainly taking Ls. Also the statement .. “oh you only have those because you wear a kids size”. GS sizes are selling out faster and have a higher resale value these days. I want there to stop being so many assumptions and more facts being told.

@soleofkicks

Be sure to give her a follow on IG:

https://instagram.com/soleofkicks?utm_medium=copy_link

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Meet Cassidy

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Cassidy, an awesome mom and the managing editor of CNK Daily. CNK Daily is a black owned brand serving women in street wear and sneakers.

@cassidyw83

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

It means cultivating an inclusive space for women’s voices to be heard. I love that the message is so clear and that we’re understanding the power of a unified front in sneaker/streetwear spaces. Our stories, passions, and experiences have helped mold this space for years. We aren’t new to the game.

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

Wow, there are sooo many amazing women doing things to elevate the sneaker community. If I had to choose one today, I’d say @imsimplyB. She is an OG when it comes to sneakers and has created some amazing products for the sneaker community. Most importantly, she uses her platform to bring women to the forefront and keeps it real with real advocacy for seasoned and novice sneaker lovers.

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

I am a big proponent of representation in the sneaker community. There are endless ways that sneakers create community and representation has to start in the board room. From there, it can trickle down to management and more creative roles within sneaker brands. Women are so multifaceted, we can’t be pigeonholed to one thing in sneakers. The more young Black and brown girls that can see themselves in sneaker jobs and campaigns, the better we stay rooted in connection and authenticity for the long haul.

@cassidyw83

Be sure to give Cassidy a follow on IG:

https://instagram.com/cassidyw83?utm_medium=copy_link

Check out CNK Daily at the link below:

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Meet Cay

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Cay, also known as @kicks4fresh on Instagram. She is also the owner of FRESH KREATIONZ CLOTHING!

@kicks4fresh

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Great question Tay! Respect female sneakerheads means exactly what it says. Respect us, highlight us, give us credit on our innovative ideas, FRESH FITS and trends set, let us know we belong in the sneaker community, and serve as our allies. I get so much hate from MEN on my sneaker Instagram page about MY choice to wear sneakers over “heels/cute womanly sandals…” that it becomes very tiring and truly annoying. We must collectively work to change the narrative to become more inclusive of our interests and how we choose to express ourselves through footwear.

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

There are many women in the sneaker community that I look up to. Far too many to name and I don’t want to leave anyone out. What I will say is that most are your everyday baddies such as all my black and brown sole sistas on Instagram. Everyone’s style is unique; they all have great personalities, and they way we support each other with securing these pairs baybbeee is it AMAZING! I love us and so thankful for the camaraderie built.

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

I wish people would stop assuming our sexual orientation and our knowledge (or lack of) when it comes to sneakers. Far too many times, we are unfairly stereotyped and labeled JUST BECAUSE WE WEAR SNEAKERS!!! Like c’mon now, they do know sneakers come in women’s sizing, right? Let it be known, we’re not tolerating this in 2022.

@kicks4fresh

Be sure to give her a follow on IG at the link below :

https://instagram.com/kicks4fresh?utm_medium=copy_link

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https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCXkHbSzV-cUOeyww0OXdbbA

Meet Tianna

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Tianna, known as @oriqinalbella_ on Instagram.

@oriqinalbella_

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

NEVER COUNT US OUT. We belong just as much, if not more than any male in the sneaker world. Working in this industry I see it first hand. They don’t respect us enough. Our opinions & creative aspect matters and can lead us so much further.

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

There’s so many women in the community that I look up to but my favorite is @Br00klynBetty she’s such a down to earth person & her style is unmatched. All the girls are literally out here killing the game.

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Make sure the authentic sneaker girl gets the recognition she deserves. Often times the true female sneaker heads get overlooked and we end up with representation from women that have no clue what’s going on. We then get mislead & misinformed when this happens. Brands need to come and speak with the women that actually influence the culture not just celebrities & popular women on ig.

@oriqinalbella_

Be sure to give her a follow on IG and check out some of her most recent features listed below:

HypeBae: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI0EL-WjOil/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Snkrs App The Drop Off: https://snkrs.app.link/CKA299SLheb

Meet Danielle

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Danielle, also known as @danicalifornia10 on IG.

@danicalifornia10

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Respect to me means respect ALL females who enjoy the love of kicks. It doesn’t matter if they’re just starting their sneaker collection or have been collecting for years. Every one of us had to get a start somewhere. So tired of hearing the “oh you was a baby when MJ wore these” or “you didn’t camp out to get these.” Yes, I was in diapers when MJ started out his career with the Bulls, and no I didn’t camp out. However, that doesn’t make my love for sneakers any less than someone who was around when MJ made “the shot” in ‘89 or camped out for them. Through IG, I have been fortunate enough to speak with sneakerheads from around the world, and not going to lie some of the OGs have been the kindest souls and hype up the newbies.

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

I definitely don’t just have one woman I look up to – I look up to a variety of women. I would say career wise @coop_kel. She is a Merch Director for Nike HQ (omfg goals.) I love her kick collection and how she styles her kicks in a work appropriate way, which has definitely influenced my work style. For women I engage with on IG and who I immediately followed when I saw their profiles are @sneakervibesobly @lefthandglam @key2ursoul. Yo, these women are Queens! Super humble, know their sneakers, and each has a distinct style that I love. I love @sneakervibesonly with her sock collection and just building people up, @lefthandglam has saved me some money by showing me affordable ways to dress up my kicks, and @key2ursole collection is literal fire and she keeps her posts so real.

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

The one thing I would change about how women are perceived in the community is for the ones who are just in it for the resell, the” clout” to wear some Travis’s or Yeezy’s, or my all time favorite the ones who get genuinely mad about a women’s release…please step aside we know who you are and you guys make this so frustrating for people who genuinely love sneakers. We should all be building each other up instead of criticizing every little thing.

@danicalifornia10

Be sure to give her a follow on IG: https://instagram.com/danicalifornia10?utm_medium=copy_link

Meet Sneakervibesonly

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Janyne, also known as @sneakervibesonly on IG, a woman who shares her love of sneakers, she reminds her followers how precious life is and how important it is to treat everyone with kindness and she is also a huge mental health advocate.

@sneakervibesonly

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Women make the sneaker community dope, just as much as anyone else. So to me, it means respecting our style, creativity, and passion for sneakers, while acknowledging our purpose in contributing invaluable insight, innovative concepts, and life experience to the community overall. Shoutout to you Tay, for creating this safe space, as a way for women to be shown respect within the sneaker community!

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

I have been so fortunate to meet so many inspiring women, who I truly admire for their style, confidence, and beautiful spirit. If I started to name one, I’d end up naming hundreds for sure. Thankfully, my Sole-Sisters know who they are, and I truly am so grateful we connected. Those phenomenal women show up for me and encourage me to step out of my comfort zone, present my best self, always pursue my dreams, and do it while rocking fly fits and kicks!

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

I really wish that everyone would just empower instead of judging or tearing down one another. We all have unique gifts, styles, and personalities that should be respected and celebrated. So, I truly believe if we took the time and energy to empower other women and what they bring to the table, we would be unstoppable in this community!

@sneakervibesonly

Be sure to give her a follow on IG: https://instagram.com/sneakervibesonly?utm_medium=copy_link

Meet Chic In Sneaks

RESPECT! That is what women deserve in the sneaker community so my goal is for you to meet some of these women via my blog so you can get an understanding on how they feel. There are 3 major questions that come to mind for this topic:

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

Who else is better to learn from then the women within the community? Today we will hear from Kiara, also known as chicinsneaks on IG. Kiara is a woman who not only has genuine love for sneakers but also has a way of telling a story; her story telling captures you and keeps you coming back for more owith each series she drops. Check out what she has to say when it comes to Respect Female Sneakerheads

@chicinsneaks

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

Personally, it means we deserve seats at allllll of the tables. Content wise, board room, design and storytelling. Respect our ideas, our sneaker closets and us as women in general. Afford women the same opportunities to enhance the brands that we patronize so heavily. We shouldn’t have to prove why we deserve space here.

Who is one woman in the sneaker community you look up to and why?

I pull inspiration from so many women, but the ones that are top of mind are Kimmiski @kimmiskiart, Passion @_artdealher, Mo @mobumbbbaaa, Janyne @sneakervibesonly, Ny @solelyaboutnyyyy, Lee @iknowlee, Kia @thenotoriouskia.

There are so many talented ass women in this space that offer more than a good outfit. Don’t get me wrong, we love a good lewk..but I also appreciate how these women appear to incorporate their authentic selves into their content. This space is filled with women that empower each other, use their gifts and serve as inspiration to others along the way. I love to see it and I’m glad I’m gang!

If you could change one thing about how women are treated and/or perceived in the sneaker community, what would it be?

As a creative, we are multifaceted and all have so many different interests. Don’t put us in a box or have a limited expectation about what we bring to this space. Every woman is unique in her choice of expression, style and content. Being a Black woman, we know this culture would not exist without us. Appreciate the flavors we serve on a regular!

@chicinsneaks

Be sure to give Kiara a follow on IG: https://instagram.com/chicinsneaks?utm_medium=copy_link

Why do we as women continue to be friends with women who constantly judge us for simply being ourselves

Often times we stay in friendships God has been trying to pull us out of for so long. Holding on is always worse then letting go but I know how hard letting go can be because I’ve been there. You hope that the people you call friends will love you, respect you, treat you how you treat them, and simply be there for you but sometimes that isn’t always the case. In situations like this it’s best to trust God or else you’ll deal with more then God intends for you to deal with.

Often times it can be confusing especially if you’re someone like me who really takes friendships seriously. I don’t use the word friend loosely and I would do anything for my friends so when it isn’t reciprocated I take it hard.

One thing that I know I can count on are the friends I do have that show me love no matter what. I have friends who support me and correct me with love, friends who have taken the time to get to know me for me and love me for me and I’m truly appreciative of every single one of them.

Any friend I’ve lost, it’s never any hard feelings because I’ve become the type of woman who can walk away from things and people with my head held high. I know who I am and whose I am and I know what type of friend I am.

Never allow anyone to make you feel bad for being who you are! ❤️

Motivate Me Mondays: Overcoming betrayal

“For me, I always wonder what’s worse: an emotional betrayal or a physical betrayal? That’s a really tough call.” – Hilarie Burton
Often times in life we always hear people say to be careful how you treat other people because you never know what other people have been through. Adriane Lanier decided to share her story of how she overcome certain betrayals in life that no one should ever have to deal with. Her story shows her strength as a woman and just as a human being because sometimes it is not easy to overcome the things we endure in life, here is her story:

Who is Adriane Lanier?
I am JMU double Duke (BBA/MBA) currently living in the DMV working as a Cybersecurity professional. I was born in California and raised in Virginia Beach by two amazing Georgia bred people.
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Do you mind sharing about the 3 different incidents you have dealt with throughout the course of your life?
My body has been disrespected in every since of the word. I have been sexually assaulted, molested, and raped by people I once held near and dear to me and strangers. The worst of them all [physically] was when I was setup by a coworker and attacked by 6 grown men. I had unspeakable things done to me and was not sure I would even make it out of there.
How did you handle dealing with all of this?
A lot of days I was literally just going through the motions of life. I felt numb for quite some time. I have had depression, severe ptsd and at one point I was even suicidal (it clearly didn’t work lol). For years I smiled and joked my way through the pain. I kept busy so I wouldn’t have to be alone in my misery and think about it until it became routine and my smiles became genuine again.
Is it possible to take back your life after something like this happens ?
It is definitely possible to regain control over your life, but a strong support system is imperative. Had it not been for my friends and sorors I would have never gotten help. It took YEARS of therapy. I have occasional flashbacks and nightmares, but its nowhere near what it used to be. There are still certain things that can trigger those feelings of fear and discomfort and I don’t think they will ever go away so I do my best to avoid them. My support system was there for me every step of the way to recovery. Discovering I had severe PTSD, facing reality of how damaged I really am, lifting me up when boys would leave me because they couldn’t handle my baggage, praying for me harder than I could pray for myself, uplifting me any time they felt like I was down, keeping me honest and always showering me with positive vibes and unconditional love.
How were you able to gain the courage to now be able to share your story with other people?
My support system has encouraged me to do it for years. I didn’t think my story would impact others, but the more I began to open up to other people I knew, the more I realized that my story can positively impact someone else who is fighting battles nobody knows about. I went from feeling embarrassed about it all to realizing that it was not my fault and I did nothing to deserve any of what happened to me. I got the courage to tell my story because I want women to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel more than I cared to bury this painful chapter of my past.
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At this very moment, if you had to choose one person to recognize that has helped you get past what you’ve been through who would that person be ?
Oh man…I can’t just choose one person because there were phases to the recovery and many obstacles. I have one best friend who was there from the very beginning up until my self declared freedom, Crystal Cole. I have friends I have grown apart from, but will always respect how they were there for me when things were at their worst (Aaron Campbell, Charlie Celesia, Kitara McMoore). However, I have met so many amazing people along the way that have helped me so much in so many ways that I could never tell my story and not think of them. When I say I have been blessed with a strong support system, I honestly don’t know what I did in life to deserve such amazing friends but I thank God for them daily (my JMU family – Its like 10 extra people lol).
What keeps you motivated ?
My desire to succeed and leave the world a better place than I found it.
How would you define success?
Success is whatever you want it to be. As long as it involves feelings of genuine happiness in most, if not all, aspects of life, I would call it success.
What is one thing you have accomplished in life so far that you are most proud of?
Learning the power of forgiveness and conflict resolution. For those who know my history and know how rowdy and unforgiving I once was, this was HUGE for me. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. When you carry hate or resentment for long periods of time it can affect your personal and professional growth. Learning to forgive makes handling conflict (personal and professional) much easier.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I plan to be a business owner leaving my mark on the Cybersecurity industry while spreading STEM awareness and love to the next generation so they can, too, leave the world a better place than they found it.
What are some things that you have achieved that make you proud ?
I am proud of my career accomplishments, but I am more proud of my personal growth. I never imagined I would have so many amazing opportunities and be where I am in my career at age 29. I also never thought I would be where I am today. I have found myself, I have found my inner peace (and plan to hold onto it with every ounce of my being), I have found self awareness, my smiles are genuine and my happiness is sincere. THAT is what I am most proud of.
What advice can you provide to those who have been raped, molested, and/or attacked?  
It is okay for you to tell your story and work towards reaching inner peace and stability, whatever that means to you. While you cannot undo what has happened, you CAN take back your life.There is light at the end of the tunnel. Just know you are not alone and there are plenty of people who love you and want you to know that your life is worth living.
Let Tay Tell It