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American Sneakerhead and Entrepreneur: Teanna Jones

Interviews

Camille Lumogdang
July 20, 2022

Teanna Jones @_babytea sneaker obsession started in 2014 with UGG boots. She couldn't get enough with one pair because sneakers give her an independent feeling. Her holy grail sneaker is Balenciaga Triple S sneaker.

What was the moment you first got drawn to sneakers, and which pair of sneakers triggered your passion?

The moment I first got drawn to sneakers, like really in tune, had to be in 2014. I had gotten my first job and had enough to pick any shoe I wanted. I ended up buying some UGG boots at the time, but that feeling of independence is what triggered my love for shoes. I never wanted to settle for just one pair.

What’s one moment or trend in the history of sneaker culture that resonates with you?

I would have to say the perpetual Jordan trend resonates with me the most. Growing up in Atlanta, Jordan's were a stand-out shoe. What I love most about Jordan's is the versatility. From the colors to the quality, they are literally a must-have.

All images via @_babytea

Please describe how it feels to you when you get and wear a new pair of kicks?

It's weird, but when I get a new pair of shoes, I don't want to wear them right away. I have to admire them in the box for a while. Then I have to plan the outfits I will wear with them. Ha, it's kinda funny, but when I do finally wear them, I always feel like I'm ready to step over every obstacle in style!

What are some of your favorite creators/designers or brands and why?

One of my many favorites is definitely Rick Owens. His innovative designs and grunge aesthetic really appeal to me. Also, RIP to the late Virgil Abloh. His invested creativity into Louis Vuitton and even with his own brand "OFF-White," where his designs flaunted streetwear in a unique light just, continually inspires me to this day.

What is one sneaker collaboration that doesn’t exist, but you wish/think should exist?

I was not sure if it exists, but I would love to see a Dr. Dre shoe collaboration. With his involvement in the hip hop and sneaker culture and him wearing a new pair of shoes every day, I'm sure he has a fire collab waiting to emerge.

What are some of the current pairs of sneakers in your rotation?

It's crazy how much I've been picking up Air Force 1s lately. I have a good amount of those. I  have also been rocking Puma's, Vans, as well as Adidas. Just a little dabble of everything, lol.

What is your ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not managed to acquire so far?

Balenciaga Triple S sneakers for sure! I love these shoes so much but haven't managed to get my hands on some. Soon though!

Other than kicks, what are some of your daily essentials or treasured items?

Other than kicks, I can't live without my phone, my crossbody bag, and some mascara!

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @_babytea

Tiktok: @_babytea

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