Female Sneakerheads Are Steppin’ Out Into The Sneaker World
Every year, Sneaker Con is a huge hit for sneaker fans from all over. Similar to Comic Con, this convention is hosted at an 840,000 square foot New York City convention center. Out of all four cities that Sneaker Con hits including: London, Las Vegas, and Berlin, Sneaker Con NYC attracts the biggest number of people and the most high-end merchandise on the market that vendors and independent sellers come to buy, sell, and trade. At the 2017 Convention, more than $1 billion worth of sneakers were in attendance along with more than 20,000 people. Although most attendees are primarily young males, more and more females are making their way to NYC to show the Sneakerhead community that girls have a lot more to offer than some may think.
There are thousands of women around the world that are participating in the sneaker movement and making strides alongside their male Sneakerhead counterparts. It has been proven over and over again that there are far more styles of sneakers for men than there are for women. Some of the most sought after sneakers come in men’s sizes, styles, and fits only. However, things are changing for the better and female Sneakerheads are making their debut everywhere, and they aren’t being quiet about it.
One female Sneakerhead that held a booth at Sneaker Con is Amber Jackson, owner of a sneaker shop called Flight Vintage in Connecticut. When asked what it’s like being a female in the sneaker game, Amber replied, “It’s a little hard. People don’t expect you to know your stuff. Once you start talking people are like ‘Whoa, she knows her shit.’" There are all different kinds of female Sneakerheads out there just like Amber. Friends, sisters, store owners and mother daughter duos are just a few examples of the kind of women with sneaker knowledge that you will find out there.
Being a female who just so happens to be extremely passionate about sneakers has its perks. For example, shoe releases are less stressful for females because the popular men’s sizes may sell out right away, but the smaller ones are usually more plentiful. Some women also order down to youth sizes which can be a lot less expensive than men’s shoes.
As the female Sneakerhead movement continues grows, brands are making more and more accommodations for everyone. There are many women that are still fighting for change and hope to see the sneaker industry grow - with the inclusion of powerful, female Sneakerheads.
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