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Rica Jacobe - Filipina Dancer Interview


Camille Lumogdang
November 20, 2022

Rica @ricajacobe will always remember the hip-hop and dance era in Manila, which eventually made her fall in love with sneakers. You will see Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle B/W and Dunk B/W in her weekly rotation because she loves classic silhouettes sneakers!

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

Growing up in Manila, I was heavily involved in hip-hop and dance. Throughout my dance sessions, I'd always make sure to wear a pair of comfortable shoes! The Nike Cortez "All White" was the pair I fell in love with and the rest is history.

All images via @ricajacobe

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

That moment would probably be during the time of 2011 J1 Breds. You can never go wrong with the classics, and this colorway has made a mark in the sneaker industry because of the pair's history in the NBA.

During those times, it was very difficult to obtain a pair of Jordan 1s! So I've saved up to purchase it along with the 2013 J1 Royals.

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

Every time I wear a new pair of shoes, I feel like anything I wear just complements it.

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

I admire YSL, a simple yet elegant brand that goes with my style. Another would be the APOC store because of its unique takes on garments, furniture, and more.

Last but not least, Carhartt pieces are comfy and durable for my everyday outfit errands.

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

It would probably be Nike and my favorite graffiti artist, Keith Haring.

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

My go-to pairs weekly are Yeezy 700 'Static,' Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle B/W, Yeezy Foam Runners, Crocs x Salehe Bembury, and Nike Dunk B/W.

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

None at the moment; I am just contented with what I have :)

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

My Prada re-edition nylon Bag and YSL Court classic sneakers are my essentials.

Where can people find you on social media?  

Instagram: @ricajacobe

TikTok: @ricajacobe

Facebook: Rica Jacobe

An engineer who loves writing in her spare time.