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Franchesca Isabela - Filipina Basketball Athlete Interview


Hapsari Listya
December 13, 2022

Being a basketball athlete makes Franchesca @frnkieee always on the hunt for comfortable sneakers. She loves Nike, Jordan, and Titan, as those brands produce quality merch backed up by science and history!

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

As a basketball player who started as young as 9, it was my love for the sport and the necessity that drew me to sneakers. Being a 16-year-old student, I do not have the means to buy my own pairs. It was through the generosity of my family, particularly Uncle Kenny, who would make me choose a sneaker online, where I would research its specs and history, year on year, and have it delivered to my doorstep.

My first legit basketball pair was a gifted KD 8 USA. It gave me a different playing experience, as if my feet were saying,

"There's no turning back; these toes will wear good quality, branded kicks."
All images via @frnkieeee

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

It was the world launch of the TITAN x Nike LeBron 19 Low ‘Beyond the Seas’, where they collaborated with 22 youth hoopers, myself included, to first lace up the white and gold LeBron’s.  

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

Having a new pair feels like I made the buzzer-beater shot, inspiring me to take my game to the next level.  It also hypes me as if I cannot sleep without it, as if it were a teddy bear.

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

Nike, Jordan, and Titan are my favorite brands because they produce quality merch backed up by science and history.

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

Nike collaborated with Disney or Pixar to produce an animated sneaker film, where NBA stars would voice over talking sneakers, teaching people the values of sneaker care to further stimulate people's passion for kicks, which I believe would rock the sports community.

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

The Air Jordan 11 Retro Midnight Navy, Lebron 19 Low 'Beyond the Seas', Lebron 17 Low Tunes Squad, Jordan Zion 2 Hope Diamond, and Air Force 1's are the pairs in my sneaker rotation.

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

My holy grail is to be able to wear a sneaker that I personally designed in collaboration with a big brand.

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

At the moment, none yet. But, I would like to collect workout gadgets and equipment to be able to put up a home gym.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @frnkieeee

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