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American Sneakerhead and Podcaster: Tee Leeper


Hapsari Listya
September 16, 2022

Tee @teeleeper is an American sneakerhead and podcaster who started loving sneakers because her parents always give her sneakers. One of her biggest memories is when she wore a dress and sneakers for her senior pictures and no one else did that!

All images via @teeleeper

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

I've always loved sneakers, since I can remember, as a child may mom and dad always had me in sneakers. My first major & significant memory of knowing I'd always love them was in High School. I wore them every single day no matter what!

When senior pictures came time, all my friends were using this as an opportunity to dress up and wear heels except me. I still wanted to wear a skirt (& did) but I matched them to two fresh pairs of kicks. Both pairs were the newest classic Reebok drops. One in pink & black and the other was black & white. I'll never forget my friends being shocked since it was senior photos and no one wore sneakers with dresses back then.

I still wear whatever I want to this day! #womenpower

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

The growth and development of women led product offerings and expanded sizing to include women consumers. Companies still have a ways to go but progress is finally being made.

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

Unboxing or buying feels like the first day back to school is tomorrow and I'm laying my outfit out to stunt on em. Then actually wearing them feels like my first day back to school lol.

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

Aleali May has some really dope Jordan designs that I love. The meaning behind her designs have a lot of heart. James Whitner is a favorite collaborator for sure! His work speaks for itself & he is really out here for the culture so we rock with him. I really his designs for Jordan and Nike. I can't for his AJ2's to drop.

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

Besides myself and Nike, I'd love to see Pastor Mike Todd & Nike do a collaboration. I think it'd be really dope.

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

AJ1 High Shadow, AF1 Utility Boot, AJ12 Royalty & Converse Sherpa Run Star Hike. It literally changes weekly lol.

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

AJ3 A Ma Maniere & AJ1 Mid Milan. Let's not talk about it lol.

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

The word of God. I need me some Jesus daily! Jewelry for sure. I love to decorate myself in jewelry, every day. I also love some good accessories. A bag, a coat or even hats.

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An ailurophile who loves bake cookies and listen to indie music!