My name is Elaine Kharbanda, and I am a high school student from Manhattan. Born and raised in NYC, I have been exposed to so many different areas inside the world of fashion and style. A few years ago I found out about the sneakerhead and hypebeast communities, and instantly fell in love.
My first real interaction in the sneakerhead community was on November 14, 2015, when the Yeezy Boost 350s released in the Moonrock colorway. I was lucky enough to get a pair in my size online for retail price, all by myself. Then three months later I was able to sell them used to a friend for almost four times the retail price, making a huge profit even after wearing the sneakers. It was a really lucky first pair of shoes to get, but this experience exposed me to all the cool things this community has to offer. Then I became even more involved on social media, checking Hypebeast, High Snob, Sneakernews and Complex for new releases every day. I joined groups on Facebook and followed many sneaker related accounts on Instagram because the community was so exciting to me.
In my collection right now, I have approximately 15 pairs of shoes. My favorites are Bapestas, Ultra Boosts, Yeezy 950s and Yeezy Powerphases. Some pairs that are on my wishlist are V2 Yeezys, Bape NMDs, FoG vans, PSNY Air Jordan 12s, and hopefully Air Mags. In addition to sneakers, I am also really into buying and wearing streetwear. My favorite brands at the moment are adidas, Off-White, Bape, Supreme, and Gosha.
Many people find it unexpected that I am involved and knowledgable about sneakers and streetwear because I am a girl, yet inside and out of school I’m the go-to sneakerhead and hypebeast. I love having conversations about the next drop coming up or what my friends have picked up this week, and I often go to sneaker events and will camp on line for hours with friends. Even though this is a male dominated field, I have also been fortunate enough to work with brands in this community as a model and brand ambassador. I want to engage and involve more women in these areas, and this is why it is important for the women who are here to make themselves known. By being a role model and inspiration, they will make it easier for other girls to become involved, as well. Through this community I have been able to meet and make friends with so many people. I love being a part of the community because when people point out that they like your shirt or your sneakers, you can start up a conversation just like that. You will always have something to talk about with another sneakerhead.