It’s 2014. Sneaker culture is mainstream. And while there have been female sneakerheads for as long as we’ve had sneakerheads, many of them are just now starting to get the respect they deserve.
“It’s been a long struggle up until the last couple of years where my boys shoes are now cool,” says Natasha Tsuji, the girl behind @lovetasha. “They are girls shoes too. All of these celebrities rock my boys basketball shoes now too.”
This summer, The Drop started The Stash, a periodical showcasing some of the world’s greatest sneaker collections. But while it’s easy to find guys like @jonallon80 and @theinfader — okay, it’s not THAT easy…their collections are out of this world — we didn’t want to forget about the ladies either. Women like Bermuda-bred Sophia Thompson and West Coast-repping Janelle Morgan are Instagram pioneers, taking over the game and kicking sneaker knowledge to their thousands of followers. Let’s face it: A female sneakerhead automatically gets points for being different, even if there are a lot more of them than you probably realize. So when you find one you can respect, you can’t help but hit that like button.
The Nike LeBron 12 launches later this year at Champs Sports this weekend, and while Jordans are still the preferred sneaker for all women — from my experience, I’d say that’s even more the case with women than it is with men — I can guarantee you’ll see more than a few females rocking the King’s latest signature shoe this fall and winter.
In honor of how far sneaker culture has come, we’re highlighting 25 Females Who Have More Sneaker Heat Than You.
Follow Sean on Twitter at @seanesweeney