Kayce Kirihara, the ruler of the Instagram account @infamouskayce and one of fall’s most important sneakerheads, starts our phone conversation by introducing herself as a regular girl that doesn’t deem herself a sneakerhead.
Okay, but regular girls don’t run point at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, as Kirihara did during her playing days, and regular girls don’t establish work relationships with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. Regular girls don’t normally have this many sneakers, either. But that’s what happens when your dad passes on his love to you.
“He wanted a little boy,” Kirihara says now, “and he got me instead.”
It’s that love for kicks and her way of showing that love that’s really respected. Kirihara didn’t always have 107,000 IG followers until one day she woke up and posted a picture where she wore one sneaker and one heel. The rest is history.
“It sounds so tacky to me now,” she says, “but that picture blew up.”
For Kirihara, sneakers are fashion, the way they look–alone or paired with an outfit–meaning more than the history or context they fit into, which is why she wouldn’t dare classify herself as a sneakerhead. Thanks to her feet staying the same size since the fifth grade, though, she’s amassed a varied collection of trainers and performance kicks to match her heavy jersey collection. Her focus isn’t just on sneakers, however. When I described her style as athleisure with a feminine twist to it, the native of Seattle one-upped me by calling it “tomboy chic” or “feminine tomboy.” Whatever you want to call it, Kirihara’s style doesn’t fit any one category.
A stylist on and off the ‘gram, read on as Kirihara talks about some of her favorite kicks and the outfits she pairs them with. In this edition of She Got Game: No One Does It Better Than @Infamouskayce.
image via Layla DeVera