Friday, May 30, 2014

Style Star: Courtney Wilkins

For round three of our style star series, we bring you seriously saavy sneakerhead Courtney Wilkins. Today, she gives us some educated knowledge about the sneaker game - what it is and where it's going. Check out her amazing and unique sporty style, along with some of her great tips for staying true to you. 

Courtney Wilkins

How would you describe your personal style? I would describe my style as street wear meets active wear meets crazy sneakers.  My sneakers are usually what I choose to wear first in the morning.  After I have decided what shoes, the clothes just have to follow. I wear anything from Jordan, to Adidas, to Converse. So long as my feet look good, I’m good.   

How has your personal style evolved throughout the years?  My style evolves every six months, and as I get older my colors have become more muted. I used to wear the brightest outfits and now I tend to only wear black. My shoes, however, are all colors. I don’t mind if they are bright and obnoxious!

Where do you like to shop and why?  I like to shop everywhere. There is not one store I shop at more than others. The store that I would say I get the best buys from would be Adidas. Adidas has so many great collaborations that I love - such as Stella McCartney’s active line. Jeremy Scott has the best collaboration with Adidas; I wish I were always wearing something from his line. Other than that, most of my clothes come from small street wear brands that are either just starting out or are only in New York.

Who/what inspires you? Oddly, I would say that athletes inspire me the most. The way they wear their clothes has always been a look I loved - from the shoes to athletic leggings to a baseball hat. I also love the way "cholas" carry themselves. It’s a strong women sort of vibe in men’s cloths, and still managing to look good.

With so much sneaker knowledge, what do you see next for the sneaker scene? What's the next shoe to have? The sneaker game has changed so much. It's very competitive now. I’m not as eager as I used to be for shoes. Hopefully, in the near future, the hype around sneakers will be gone. 

They’re not going to renew Jordan’s contract, which is needed. I think the time for Jordan’s has come and gone. I think Nike is doing well as far as technology for their shoes. Adidas continues to be the most innovative sneaker brand around. The shoes they put out constantly impress me.

Check out her amazing collection:

What are three tips you would give about establishing a personal style? The first thing would be to be original, because it’s way more interesting when you are not dressed like the person standing next to you. The second thing I would say is when you see styles you like - don’t copy it! Change it up and make it work for you. Lastly, understand what looks good on you, and be comfortable in it. You can always tell when people are not comfortable in something they are wearing. It tends to be the people who copied the style of another.

Keep up with the shoe game by following Courtney on Instagram. Follow what inspires her on her Tumblr page to stay up to date with her amazing style. 

Truly Yours,

P.S. "So long as my feet look good, I'm good." - Courtney Wilkins 

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