Kayla’s Kick Game

Recently I caught up with Kayla, A female sneakerhead from Nashville Tennessee with a heavy stash of goodies who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She’s official, her collection is deep and she got the respect of her city. Meet Kayla Kicks.

So tell me about your shoe game
I’m in Chattanooga (away for school) but I’m from Nashville Tennessee and in 2006 is when everything sort of happened for me. My friend told me my shoes were terrible and he said I’m going to get you in a pair of Jordan’s. I was like I don’t have money. I just got my first job but he was like I’ll help you with your first pair, I’ll pay half. Well he never helped me buy my first Jordan’s but I went and got them. They were the Green bean 5’s and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I have a lot of dunks, There is an outlet back home and they get tons of women’s dunks and they’re all at great prices and there is stuff that no one has. I can’t wait to go home so I can go buy some shoes (laughs)

Since your first pair how many shoes have you purchased?
I think about 56. I’m in the 50’s right now.

What would you say is your favourite pair?
I guess it would be the lady Spizikes that only came out in Footlocker. I wanted them when they came out in 2007 but I couldn’t afford them. My friend knew I wanted them for a sneaker event we do in Nashville. He found them at a consignment store for $45 in great condition but you can find them online anywhere for $300. Those would be my favourite pair because I wanted them so much and I couldn’t get them.

“I wouldn’t be caught dead in
Air max 95’s or 97’s.”

Are you the only female sneaker head in your area?
In Chattanooga yeah, people know me by my sneakers. In Nashville there are a couple girls they wear them to events but the only events we have are the ones that we do.

What attracts you most to a shoe?
I’m going to go with the color ways. I love color; most of my shoes are really bright. I have to have color, I like to stand out.

What’s a sneaker that you wouldn’t wear?
I wouldn’t be caught dead in Converse and I wouldn’t be caught dead in Air max 95’s or 97’s. I think they’re terrible shoes. I understand the concept and I think that’s awesome but I just don’t like the way they look. I think they’re so ugly. I have some friends that are into 95’s but I just can’t do it.

(Laughs)You’re going to hurt some feeling with that answer
(Laughs) That’s fine, I don’t care.

Do you ever get labelled a tomboy for having so many sneakers?
No, I’ll go out to a club with sneakers and wear dresses and stuff. I don’t think you have to wear t-shirts and jeans to wear sneakers. You can pull off dresses or skirts and not look like a stereotypical tomboy in sneakers. I try not to look that way.

How much is too much to pay for a pair of sneakers?
The most I paid was $132. I wear woman and kids sizes so I don’t have to pay that much but $250 is where I draw the line.

Is there a sneaker out there that you’re still looking for?
A lot of the stuff that I want is in Men’s sizes so I can’t get them anyway. I would like the Kevin Durant Weathermans. I haven’t been able to find them in my size.

Do you think you have better sneaker game then a lot of males out there?
Oh hell yeah! (Laughs) Totally! That’s for damn sure, I’m killing them. I got most of these guys beat.

What are they wearing? Sandals?
(Laughs) A lot of dudes are wearing sandals.


Photography by: Taylor Kinser
  • Artman Tharies

    “I wouldn’t be caught dead inAir max 95’s or 97’s.” – OH LAWD…

  • Guest

    Weak quotes, weak kicks. Your going to be interviewing any chump with triple digit kicks?

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