There are sneakerheads everywhere in the world these days and many of them are women. The ladies know how to stunt more than ever before and one of the very best is France’s own Amel Mainich, better known as @uglymely. Sporting over 36,000 Instagram followers, Amel is constantly strutting around Paris in some of the illest Nike Air Max, adidas Originals, and ASICS shoes you’ll ever see.
“I remember the first pair of sneakers that pleased me. It was the FILA Grant Hill, very fat for the feet of the little girl I was,” she wrote to me via email. “But I remember that very well from the time I was just watching people’s feet on the street.”
After spending her college years wearing a wide mix of varying lifestyle shoes, she now has close to 300 pairs. Her Instagram feed — which has close to 4,000 posts — is an ode to her eclectic taste, as well as a tutorial for any newbie sneakerhead looking to make a splash. Wearing everything from special edition collaborations to her two favorite sneakers of all time (the Air Jordan II and Air Trainer 1) in her US men’s size 6 feet, Amel is constantly evolving with her city’s growing sneaker culture.
We’ve seen women from the West Coast who are killing it. We’ve seen women in Hawaii holding it down. We’ve also seen guys from England who are all over the most popular Nike trainers and Air Max sneakers. Well, @uglymely is a combination of all of that and then some.
As the world’s sneaker community becomes more diverse, thanks to things like the Internet and phone apps, everyone has an opinion. Take a look at what @uglymely has to say about her collection, as well as the current state of the game.
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