My Adidas & Me: Why We Make a Good Team

Saturday, November 16, 2019

"We make a good team, my Adidas and me

We get around together, rhyme forever

And we won't be mad when worn in bad weather" ~ My Adidas, Run DMC

Photographer: Daryl Johnson
If you have been following me for a while, you know I'm a big sneakerhead. 

And I am known for my love for Adidas.

To me, the sneaker world is so different than the plus size world. I'm a size 9, which in the shoe world, is considered a "normal" size. Much different than my experience in the plus size fashion world as a size 26/28. 

Photographer: Sandra Negron - La Pecosa Preciosa / Dress: Modcloth

Sneakers are that happy thing in my life where I don't feel excluded or unwanted as a customer. I walk into a sneaker store and I feel like I belong. No one judges me on my size and I can just shop like everyone else. 

But it's not just that. 

While it's great to feel "normal" for a change, sneakers are also a part of my DNA. They've allowed me to express myself even more. 

Want to know a secret? I used to just wear sneakers in my everyday world and never really included them in my fashion "work" world. I was made to feel like they didn't belong in that world because I used to spend a ton of time comparing myself to other people and trying to fit into their world.

Photographer: Jessica Milagros / Custom camo jeans: 2B Continued Denim Boutique

But then four years ago, I suffered a foot injury where the podiatrist dropped some major gems on me, when it came to foot care. One of those gems was how important it is to wear the right shoes. Sure, heels and flats are cute and stylish but in my case, they were making my feet worse. My arches had collapsed and I developed plantar fasciitis.

I had to wear a boot to bed every night for 2 months and I also had to wear a custom insole in my shoes. Doctor said sneakers are key and I needed to find those that fit well too.

I then decided to break all the fashion rules and incorporate sneakers into my fashion world. And guess what???? Years later, sneakers have now become fashionable where everyone now seems to be wearing them to fashion events too!

Photographer: Hal Harrison / Custom rosette dress: 2B Continued Denim Boutique

Me letting go of comparing myself to others and being true to myself and my style made me feel stronger, more fearless and free. That's what sneakers represent for me. I can be myself and my feet thank me for that.

I like to be creative and think outside the box when it comes to choosing which sneakers to wear in the fashion world. And Adidas is one of those brands that allows me to experiment with different looks. 

Photographer: Madeline Jones / Outfit: Fashion to Figure

So I feel I have come full circle in my life. It's powerful when you realize you can be truly you and wear what you want, once you decide to be fearless enough to be you. 

We already know it's a radical thing to exist in a fat body and be happy in a world that thinks we shouldn't be. 

But to wear what you want and be true to your style no matter what anyone else is doing or wearing? Man, that's a feeling that will make you feel incredible and happy no matter what your size.

Photographer: Madeline Jones / Top: Feminine Funk, Jeans: Lane Bryant

With that said, high-quality sneakers (and shoes!) are not cheap and are truly an investment piece. That's why every year, I wait for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the overall holiday shopping season to get my shop on for myself and the family.

Here's some of the sneakers I have my eye on this shopping season!

This will get me prepped for 2020 and I can't wait!!! Happy Shopping AND here's to being authentically you and wearing what you want. Life is short and I want to live to love another day, with my Adidas on.

FYI: This is not a sponsored post. I just love Adidas.

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