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Elaine - Singaporean Digital Creator Interview


Hapsari Listya
December 12, 2022

Started collecting sneakers in 2014; Elaine @yeelaine_ obsessed more with sneakers after Y-3 came up with Qasa. Wearing new kicks always makes her feel like the most incredible person in the room, and she wants to collab with sneaker brands someday!

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

My very very first pair of sneakers were the Air Max 90s back in 2014!

All images via @yeelaine_

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

One of the key moments in sneaker culture that really resonated with me was when they started to mix high fashion and sneakers together.

In the past, there could only be either one, but when Y-3 did a collaboration with Adidas and came up with the Qasa, it really strengthened the bond I had with sneakers and high fashion. I knew that this was gonna be the new thing!

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

I literally feel like the coolest person in the room!

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

I actually really liked Virgil’s own clothing line PYREX before he moved to Off-White. The number 23 he used is the same as my birth date.

I also really liked Gosha Rubchinskiy - sadly he doesn’t design anymore.

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

With me. A collab with me. Pretty sure I’ll come up with a sick design 😂

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

I have too many! But all my Jordan 1s, 4s, Dunks, and my occasional high fashion kicks ;)

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

AJ 4 'Sail'. It would be a dream.

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

I’m a simple girl! I don’t need much 🤪 but an essential is always smelling good though! Byredo never fails me.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @yeelaine_

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