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Nike Dunk Lover Paulina

Interviews

Tessa Yan
March 9, 2022

Paulina @palinaroza fell in love with the sneakers when she was 14. She is fond of styling and pairing her colorful outfits with Nike Dunks.

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

My sneaker love story began when I was about 14 years old. One of my first pairs was some Nike Blazer which I was proud of. I bought them in an outlet store. But I got crazy about sneakers when I went to New York City for the first time in 2012. I saw all these stores like Footlocker, Champs and so on. I was flashed about the range of sneakers, like Nike Lebron or any Jordan. At this point, we had not all these models and versions of sneakers in Germany, so it was so special to me. I bought a few pairs and brought them to Germany, and everyone asked me about them.

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

I love the "Yeezy Era" of 2015-2018, where the pairs were unique and rare. Everyone was so hyped about the pairs.  I experienced trying raffles for the first time, hoping to get a pair. I even drove 1-2 hours to sneaker stores just to join.

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

I love unboxing a new pair and immediately combining them with an outfit I have in my mind. Even after all the many pairs, it still feels special to me.

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

I love Melody Ehsani, Aleali May, and all the strong and inspiring women in this sneaker world. As well as Virgil Abloh who really changed the game with his designs. May he rest in peace!

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

Nike x Palinaroza, of course, haha! Jokes aside, I would love to be able to design a pair one day; it is my dream. Nike is my favorite brand.

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

I love wearing all the different Nike Dunks that I have. I have a lot of colors, so they fit with every outfit.

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

One of my grails is the Jordan 4 x Off White Sail; it has such a beautiful design. I would love to wear them.

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

I have a wide variety of clothes and I love styling my outfits with my sneakers. That’s why I have many colors,  not only in my sneaker room but also in my wardrobe.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @palinaroza
Tiktok: @palinaroza

Tessa is a sneaker enthusiast, social media maven, and Marketing Manager at Ox Street. She is also a sushi expert having explored over 130+ sushi restaurants worldwide. You can see her sushi obsession on IG @sushimastertessa