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South African Shoes Customizer and Sneakerhead: Whitney House

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Camille Lumogdang
September 23, 2022

Air Force Ones are the sneakers which triggered Whitney @thecreativeera to start customizing all the pairs around her. Quotino and Jae Tips are her big inspiration, hence you would see many colours on her customized sneakers!

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

The first time I was drawn to sneakers was in the 6th grade. Air Force One shoes definitely triggered my passion.

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

The moment or trend that resonated with me was when Virgil Abloh collaborated with Nike.

All images via @thecreativeera

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

When I get a new pair of sneakers, I feel like a kid in a candy store. I usually wear them right away or try to find an outfit to wear with them.

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

One of my best-loved creators is Absnce by Quotino because I always love how he uses color schemes and the cleanliness of his work. Another favorite designer is Jae Tips because I enjoy using color in work.

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

The collaboration I would love to see is Pharrell Williams x Kaws.

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

Sneakers in my current rotation are the Air VaporMax Flyknit Gator ISPA 'Silver,' ISPA Flow 2020 'Dark Teal Green, New Balance 990v 'Navy Blue and Jeremy Scott x Forum Wings 1.0 'Money.'

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

I don't have any holy grail sneakers that I'm interested in at the moment. 

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

My daily essentials item is my plain white coffee mug.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: kicksbyce or @thecreativeera

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