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Mik Tabimina - Filipina Fashion Stylist Interview


Hapsari Listya
December 15, 2022

Inspired by K-pop and J-pop cultures, Mik @miktabimina started wearing bright funky printed Converse Chucks and Ecko Reds in high school. As someone who does a lot of outdoor activities, she's always on the hunt for comfortable sneakers!

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

Back in high school, I was really into K-pop, J-pop, and its culture. I fell in love with their street style, they were wearing oversized outfits and chunky and colorful sneakers. I took inspiration from their style and started wearing bright, funky printed Converse Chucks and bedazzled Ecko Reds.

All images via @miktabimina

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

Definitely, the 90s-inspired chunky sneaker trend will forever resonate with me, not just because it can be styled easily but because it's really versatile and can be worn all year round. I love how they can elevate any outfit!

Chunky sneakers are also extremely comfortable, for a person like me who's always out and about most of the time. Comfort is what I always look for when on a hunt for a sneaker.

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

It feels fulfilling to get a new pair because I don't really purchase sneakers that much, unless I spot a pair that screams me. Also, I am in my era where I should only purchase a sneaker that gives a statement and speaks for itself, and I'm still on the hunt for that pair!

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

My favorite creator is Yoon of AMBUSH, she's of the leading female creatives of today's pop culture.

I love how she takes inspiration for her designs from pop art, 90s anime, and retro sci-fi. Not to mention, I am obsessed with her experimental personal style. I love how she experiments from menswear pieces to bold pieces, for me that's really cool!

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

It would be awesome to have a Heaven by Marc Jacobs x Nike collab. I really love their aesthetic. I'd love to see their take on redesigning an Air Force 1 or an Air Max.

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

My current rotation is the Air Max Tailwind 4 Black Silver, Air Max TN Plus, and Air Max 95. I really love the look and feel of an Air Max shoe!

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

I would scream if I get my hands on the 032c x Adidas GSG TR.

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

I just got into collecting bags with unique styles; whether it's local, thrift, vintage, or any! So far, I'm in love with Filipino designer bags—to me, they're uniquely one of a kind

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @miktabimina

TikTok: @moneykhaela.

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