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Nikki Puzon: Filipino-American Digital Creator Interview


Hapsari Listya
November 11, 2022

Fashion and design history plays a big role in Nikki @nikkimania's sneaker-collecting journey. She loves matches her sneakers with Chanel or Hermes accessories - her favourites brands!

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

When I was in fifth grade, I tried out for the basketball team, and the very first pair I got was the 2001 Air Jordan 11 lows in white and silver. The pair is worn down, but I still have those shoes today.

My second pair was the Jordan 1 Patent Leather University Blue, which triggered my love for sneakers. It was so easy to get shoes back in the day, and I remember being able to pay in advance to pick them up on Saturdays. It's just in time to rock them at school the following Monday. Since then, sneakers have become my guilty pleasure.

All images via @nikkimania

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

From experience, I think fashion and design history play a big part in collecting kicks. While sneakers can be styled very versatile, it’s geared toward streetwear which I love.

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

I will usually empty my closet and find all the outfits I can wear to match them right away. Haha. It also feels amazing when I score on sneakers once on a blue moon.

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

Chanel and Hermes have always been my favorite brands. I love how you can dress up and down accessories. They will always remain a classic to me.

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

Salehe Bembury X Nike would be a great collab. I love their work.

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

My top 3 most worn kicks are the Nike Michigan State, Mochas, and two-tone Gray dunks.

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

Those are the Jordan Off-White 4s and TS1. I had them at one point, but my house got broken into, and I couldn’t get myself to rebuy them - the reselling price is so high.

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

I’m into bags and stylish outfits.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: @nikkimania

Youtube: @nikkimania

Tiktok: @nikkimania

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