A Jill of all trades! From music, fashion, health & fitness, to event planning Andrea pretty much has us covered. Did we mention she makes a mean rum punch? Check out our interview below for deets on Andrea’s favorite kicks and more.
Name: Andrea K. Castillo
Where are you from? Born & raised in Brooklyn, NY via Belize City, Belize
What's your favorite sneaker? Why?
This is a very difficult question for me to answer as my response has changed a few times with new purchases and rebuying older styles from my childhood. I would say my favorite sneaker would be the classic Air Max '95 OG Neon because I always feel so cool in them, and receive endless compliments. I bought my pair from Footaction online in Kids in 2004 and have kept them in great condition since.
What do you think of the current state of female sneaker culture?
I feel that we are FINALLY seeing a shift, and that female sneaker culture is truly being solidified at this time. Having three older brothers, it was always my thing to dress like them from head to toe, but I was generally annoyed when the fly kicks they owned would not be offered in my size. A recent glimmer of hope for me was the Summer '17 release of the Air Max '97 OG Gold in Women's first. I never understood the idea of sneaker companies believing that women wanted men's styles in bubblegum pink or other pastels. We generally have always wanted the same shoe in our size, and I am happy to see a bit more of this lately. The fact that you have this platform in Sole Sense to tell the stories of female sneaker heads AND sell them the shoes they actually like is another big solidifying factor for me.
Lastly, how do you incorporate sneakers into your daily wardrobe?
I mean, I wear sneakers every day in every way. From a child, I would always build an outfit around my sneakers, never the other way around. My everyday look is quite casual, jeans or leggings with sneakers and a cool tee or sweatshirt. I work out a lot (running, boxing, yoga, dance) so on those days I have to pick a pair of sneakers that can go from a fitness class to the street, those sneakers most recently being my Adidas NMD Triple Blacks. When the weather is warmer, I am all about a sundress or skirt with a pair of classic Chucks or Stan Smiths.
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