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Rhianna Mae Cruz: Filipina-Australian Creative Director Interview


Camille Lumogdang
November 17, 2022

Having a sneakerhead dad inspired Rhianna @rhiannacruzz to start collecting sneakers at a young age, especially after she got her own OG Adidas Superstars. She loves to match her simple colourways sneakers with some wardrobes from FOG, Coperni, Peche, or Diesel!

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

Ever since I was young, I watched my dad collect basketball creps, and I wanted to be just like him as I grew up! My passion for streetwear and sneakers stemmed from purchasing my first pair of OG Adidas Superstars. After buying such an iconic pair of everyday sneakers, I knew from then on I was hooked on sneakers and streetwear.

All images via @rhiannacruzz

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

When I first watched Forrest Gump, I remembered how popular Nike Cortez got, and it was for a good reason! Those creps are iconic and didn't only gain popularity from the film but also showcased, through Forrest constant running, the true purpose of a pair of Cortez as one of Nike's most iconic track shoes.

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

Having a pair of new kicks feels like a full character reset. It's like becoming a whole new person! Nothing can top the feeling of wearing fresh creps.

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

My favorite brands at the moment are Diesel, Peche, Coperni, and Fear of God Essentials. Each of these brands offers something completely different and unique; they are stand-alone compared to others we see out there.

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

Dream collaboration would have been something like Diesel x Off-White x Amine. I couldn't really tell you why; I just feel like Amine would dominate a sneaker collab with these major brands!

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

No one can't go wrong with simple colorways of simple kicks. Currently, my rotation includes Jordan 1 W Retro High 'Twist,' simple Air Force 1s, Converse Highs for the beater sneakers, and Stan Smiths for the casual days.

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

My ultimate holy grail sneaker would be Balenciaga triple S. While they seem a bit basic, their colorways are so wearable! I just can't justify the price for them.

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

My daily essentials are Sony WH-CH710N, Davidoff Cool Water (for women) perfume, and a pair of gold hoops!

Where can people find you on social media?  

Instagram: @rhiannacruzz

An engineer who loves writing in her spare time.