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Fashion Brand Owner and Sneakerhead: Naki Carey


Camille Lumogdang
July 8, 2022

Naki Carey @Nakicarey is a sneakerhead who owns a fashion brand. All-white shoes are her favorite because they just look good in everything.

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

I got drawn to sneakers when I got my first pair of Adidas Originals Ozweego casual sneakers. These shoes were very stylish, fashionable, and extremely comfortable. I'm a fashion girl, so I put so much into my looks, and these sneakers just go with many outfits.

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

I remember during my high school, these black and silver Jordan shoes were so hot and popular. Everyone in school had them, so I got a pair too, and you could tell me nothing.

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

Oh, I feel unstoppable. I love the fresh, crisp, pure white pair of sneakers. These shoes, to me, just go and look good with everything.

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

My current favorite creators are Tabitha Brown and Saucy Santana. They both inspire and resonate with me. I love Tabitha Brown because she never gave up on her dreams, and she's living them now at 40. She just released her collection at target, and I have the same goal. Likewise,  I admire Saucy Santana because he's unapologetically himself and on the rise to stardom. He's also the first Flamboyant gay artist/rapper to sign a major label - RCA.

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

Well, I would say that one of my major goals is a collaboration with Nike. Nike has collaborated with many people from the LGBTQIA community. And I love how they support my community, embrace and do it with such pride.

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

My current top picks are Adidas pairs and, believe it or not, some all-white sneakers from H&M.

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

I am aspiring to have a Balenciaga sneaker.

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

I treasure the hoop earrings from my "Carey Beauty By Naki" collection and Maybelline lip gloss.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @Nakicarey

Tiktok: Itsmenaki

Facebook: Naki Carey

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