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!

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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

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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

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

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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 Founder and Creator of If_I_Cant_Wear_Snkrs

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 Christina, creator and founder of If_I_Cant_Wear_Snkrs. Christina is a woman who makes every effort to provide women with a safe space within the sneaker community and her social media is also dedicated to giving women information on many different sneaker releases.

@if_i_cant_wear_snkrs

What does respect female sneakerheads mean to you?

To respect all women within the sneaker community regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, body type, and experience. Respect shouldn’t be something that has to be earned, it should be a given.

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

Unfortunately I can’t just choose one woman, I have to choose two. The women of CNK Daily, Cassidy and Channing, are such an inspiration to me. From the platform they’ve built, their business moves, to the knowledge they provide, their interviews, to how they welcome any and every woman within the sneaker community with open arms is so refreshing to see. They navigate thru the sneaker community with such class and thoughtfulness. Always uplifting other women (especially women of color). I remember when Channing reached out to me with a simple “So proud of what you’re doing” during a time where I wanted to throw in the towel and it meant the world to me. I remember when Cassidy recommended some books to me about mediation as well. Kind gestures like that are few and far between.

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

If it’s one thing that I could change about the sneaker community is the competitiveness. Especially among other women within the community. This community is big enough for everyone and we can all win when our time comes. In the meantime continue to support and amplify other women and I guarantee you will get it back in return.

Be sure to give her page a follow: @if_i_cant_wear_snkrs

If you are interested in following a page that provides a safe space and sneaker drop information, then this is most definitely one of the best pages on IG for the ladies who love sneakers!

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 Monday: What is your passion?

“A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?” – Richard Branson

It is important to always be aware of what your passionate about in life because it is easier to achieve what you love then it is to achieve something you do not love. Everyone has the ability to do what they want in life as long as they keep the faith and never allow anyone or anything to get in their way. As a woman, stepping into a world that is highly male dominated world has many challenges in itself. The music world is very very competitive and certain paths such as rapping and DJ’ing are very male dominated, so as a female there are already two things you are up against from the very start. Female DJs are not rare but they are competing in a competitive and highly male dominated world which is never an easy thing to do. DJ KDOT knows and relates to this very well because she has been DJ’ing for over 5 years. She was willing to share with others about her journey in the music world as a DJ, here is her story:

1. Who is Khadijah Thomas? Tell me a little bit about yourself
My name is Khadijah Thomas but I go by KDOT  I am 22 years old soon to be 23.  I have a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the Illustrious North Carolina A & T State University. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. initiated into the Amazing Alpha Mu Chapter and I am currently a technical specialist for Apple but most importantly I am an Entrepreneur. I am originally from Buffalo, New York. I consider Rosedale, Queens (NYC) home as that is where my family settled when they came from Trinidad.

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2. How long have you been a DJ and what is the reason behind wanting to become a DJ?

I have been a DJ for 11 years; I started learning at 12 right before I turned 13 and it’s something that runs in my family. I was the first girl grandchild and happened to be the first girl in my family interested in DJ’ing. My Dad and uncle were my biggest influences as they have been doing it for years.

3. How was the name DJ KDOT created? 

Well my step sister gave me the nickname KDOT back in 8th grade and for whatever reason it just seemed to stick with me and everyone. It was only natural  that it became my DJ name once I actually started to branch out underneath my family.

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4. What obstacles have you faced and/or still face as a female DJ?

As a Female DJ there are a few obstacles I face with it being such a male dominated industry. Small things like when I am going to set up for events and have a gentleman helping me carry equipment a lot of people will assume the  guy is the DJ and not me. I even get questions like “so do you really DJ or is this something you do for fun?” There is a stereotype behind female DJs not having skills and that’s one thing I focus on the most; the art and skill of DJ’ing. Outside of that one of my least favorite thing to deal with is the egos of other male DJs, especially when working together. Overall I think as a person I vibe with people naturally and stay focused on myself so I have never had a traumatic experience but it does happen occasionally.

 
5. What keeps you motivated?

Ultimately my love for music and a good time is what keeps me motivated. Also my desire to be my own boss as well. There is so much freedom within being a DJ that is   indescribable. Singing and dancing was something I did early in my life until I fell in   love with DJ’ing so the music has always been a big part of my life.

6. Who are 3 of your favorite DJs that inspire you? 

DJ Spinderella – We can’t talk about female DJs without thinking about her. She was one of the first female DJs I knew of.

DJ Kid Capri – His energy is unmatched and he puts passion behind what he   does. True entertainer

DJ MC – I met him through my network at NCAT and he was one of the first seasoned DJs to really take an interest in my craft and actually want to help me.   Most importantly he is HUMBLE.

 
7. What advice do you have for female DJs who are just starting out?

The best advice I could give is to learn who you are as a DJ because you will not be like anyone else. Find your style and also be open to work on other styles as well. If you take your craft seriously people will take you seriously.

8. Where do you see yourself in the next 2 to 3 years?

In the next 2 to 3 years I see myself traveling a lot more to DJ. Between my background and musical preferences I would like to think I am very versatile and  would love to be a traveling DJ.

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9. How were you able to make a name for yourself? Are you available to be booked for events? If so what type of events? 

Networking was the biggest thing as far as making a name for myself and ultimately my performance. I am available to be booked for a variety of events including: Weddings, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, School events, Fashion Shows, Clubs, Mixing needs etc.

10. How would you define success?

I would define success as the point in which I have accomplished my set goals   and even though I will continue to strive for more I am content with all that I have. On a smaller scale, getting request for my business cards or compliments after my performance makes me feel successful.

11. Are there any upcoming projects and/or events you would like to mention?

I am DJ’ing a Cultural Day Party on May 6th 2017 @ Greene St Nightclub.  Outside of that I have a few private events this summer that I am excited about!

12. What are the top 3 things you have accomplished as a DJ that you are proud of?

1) DJ’ing in another country

2) DJ’ing a gym jam at NCAT that was packed with 1200+ people

3) Having one of my mix challenges go viral. My Love Come Down challenge on   soundcloud currently has 29,000 views and rising!

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13. Where can people go to learn more about you and your more of your music?

My website is http://www.theedjkdot.com. On my website I update my most recent soundcloud mixes and events. All of my social media handles are @XOXODJKDOT

If you want to book me, please email me at management@theedjkdot.com

 

Let Tay Tell It

Why Do We As Women?

Why do we as women try to put a title on something before even talking to the guy we are dealing with?

Ladies, whether we do it on purpose or not, we often end up in situations that we know we could have avoided if we handled things differently. I truly believe that some of the problems we encounter and the hurt with deal with, when it comes to men, could be avoided if we asked a guy what his intentions are in the beginning. You have to go into these situations with guys knowing what you want and expect and making those things very clear. Either a guy is going to respect it and be on the same page with you or he is not and one thing is for sure, YOU CANNOT PUT A TITLE ON A SITUATION IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE WITH THE GUY YOU ARE DEALING WITH.

Sometimes we get involved with guys and determine how things will be before realizing that the guy isn’t even on the same page as us. We start to care more, do more, and expect more from a man that does not care. Don’t get me wrong, guys lead us on a lot of the time but SOMETIMES we as women also play a major part in things falling apart as well. Sleeping with a guy and “talking” to a guy DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN YOU TWO ARE EXCLUSIVE; how can you automatically assume something when no conversation has happened about where things are and where they are going. You also have to know the type of woman  you are when it comes to men because it will help you to avoid a lot of the hurt you may deal with.

I understand wanting more from these men then they are ready to give us but recognize the part you may be playing in the situation that has done you more bad then good. Once you realize it remember it and carry that with you into the next situation so you won’t make the same mistake again. Now, this is not me saying that you will deal with this when it comes to all men, this is me saying that the way things went in the last situation you dealt with should tell you that something needs to change moving forward. If you have certain expectations you are no longer willing to budge on, make that clear. If sex before a relationship is something you cannot handle, make that clear. If you are at a point where playing around and dating different men isn’t you’re thing any more, make it clear.

As a woman you have every right to make it clear what you want and expect NO MATTER WHAT but what you SHOULD NOT do is put a title on situations before even talking to the guy you’re dealing with; you are guaranteed to get your feelings hurt. If you can avoid getting your feelings hurt or ending up in situations that aren’t good for you, DO IT.

Let Tay Tell It