Kicks For Chicks, By Chicks
Earlier this month, Adidas announced it was releasing the EQT sneakers just for women. Due for a global release March 23, the new modern design is part of Adidas ongoing release of the updated line. It’s a dope move for the company in a world where men are catered to first. Adidas is only one part of a list of companies that are paying more attention to their female consumers. Besides just making products for women, sneaker brands have gotten together with some of the most notable influencers in this industry to designs their own lines and shoes.
It's still Women's History Month, in case you forgot. Check out 9 female designers and collaborators behind dope collections just for women.
Solange – Puma
Everyone’s friend-in-their head Solange is always serving looks and always on a best dressed list. It comes as no surprise that she teamed up with Puma three times to create one-of-a-kind collections: Girls of Blaze Disc, Wild Wonder, and Word To The Woman. She told Instyle.com that she’s “not a sneaker chick,” but she wanted to make shoes for girls like her.
Claw Money – Nike
New York graffiti artist Claw Money is one of the forerunners in women teaming up with sneaker brands. In 2007, she teamed up with Nike to put her spin on the Nike Blazer and Vandal Hi. They got a re-release in 2011 and since then, she’s collaborated with a slew of brands including with Fila and Vans.
Rihanna – Puma
Rihanna has been in this fashion game for a minute, but her standout moment came with her inaugural collaboration with Puma. The Creepers sold out in hours and her FENTY® collections were met with rave reviews. Her latest collection, shown at 2017 Paris Fashion Week, was created just for women (there are now mens sizes). After seeing her 2017 Paris Fashion Week show and those bow sneakers, she seems to show no signs of slowing down.
Vashtie – Jordan & Puma
She is a DJ, director, tastemaker and the first woman to design her own pair of Jordans. After making history, the self-professed tomboy also took her creative talents to Puma and created unisex line and a line just for women.
Rita Ora – Adidas
Rita Ora is a longtime Adidas collaborator. She has five capsule collections, all giving a different look and feel: “Black,” “Pastel,” “Colour Block Pack,” “Spray” and “Roses.” She’s also the first female musical artist to partner with the brand.
Stella McCartney – Adidas
If she isn’t known for anything she, Stella McCartney is known for her collaborations with Adidas. The fashion designer has been one of Adidas’ long-time collaborators going back to 2004. Combining high-fashion, athleticism, and streetwear, McCartney’s Adidas lines have pieces for women from all walks of life.
Sophia Chang – Puma
Designer and illustrator Sophia Chang created the “Brooklynite” collection and Disc Blaze Lite line for Puma. Drawing from personal and cultural influence, her lines reflect her New York City upbringing. She continues her work with several major brands.
Rime/Susan Boyle – Reebok
Sue Boyle is an unlikely face when talking about sneakers and streetwear, but that didn't stop the fire. As the owner of famous sneaker and streetwear store, Rime, she is the first non-designer woman and store to create a shoe with Reebok. Her Diamond Ventilator design was inspired by her diamond ring.
Melody Ehsani – Reebok
Melody Ehsani’s Reebok collection is great for the girl who is into streetwear, but quirky in her tastes. The LA designer and boutique owner also created shoes for Reebok Question Mid collection, an ode to NBA great Allen Iverson. Her most recent collaboration with Reebok is the Red, Black and White capsule.