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Cherrell - Singaporean Sneakerhead Interview


Hapsari Listya
April 14, 2023

Cherrell @squidddooo, bought her first pair of sneakers at the age of 12 - black high-top Converse - and has been an avid fan of the brand ever since. She finds sneakers to be more comfortable than heels and doesn't have to worry about blisters when wearing them.

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

I was twelve and had just bought my first pair of black high-top Converse just because they seemed popular then. Right now, I'm still very much in love with the brand! Comfortability is key for me.

All images via @squidddooo

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

This is a difficult question because women have traditionally been excluded from aspects of life such as education, work, and sports.

However, I would have to choose the invention of the Chuck Taylor All-Star. Even though the shoe was initially made for basketball players, it was eventually introduced as leisure wear with various prints and patterns ūüėä I believe this was the beginning of a new era where sneakers were seen as versatile, unisex footwear.

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

Nike Wmns Air Force 1 '07 SE 'Indigo', Air Jordan 1 Low 'Aluminium' and Converse Midnight Clover.

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

I usually don't wear new shoes right away. Instead, I wait until I have planned the perfect outfit to wear them with. It's always exciting when I finally take them out for a walk.

Plus, I never have to worry about getting blisters because sneakers are more comfortable than heels.

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

Generally, it would be heartwarming to see more collaborations with female artists! I would love to see how it would work out with See Min, who advocates for self-expression and self-love through art and jagua tattoos ūüėä

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

Nike, Converse, and New Balance for shoes. Cotton On, H&M, Zara, The Editor's Market, Muji, and Uniqlo for basics.

Usually, I try to see if what I want from fast fashion stores is available on Carousell first. Lucky Plaza and Honsie Ponsie are great for second-hand clothes. TBH, I love anything comfortable and versatile, as I'm a proud outfit repeater. (Plus points if they are timeless neutrals.)

What is your ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not acquired so far?

I'm just waiting for Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 Low 'Olive' at the moment. Fingers crossed!

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

AirPods, Apple Watch, lip balm from Burt's Bees, Emina Watercolor Lip Serum in 01 Dawn (an absolute favorite lately), Dancing Blue Bees perfume from Scent Journey, and my grid planner.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @squidddooo

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