Here’s the story of how a self-professed sneakerhead turned her passion into a business.
Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone.
I definitely never thought it was for me. As a kid whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always give a generic answer i.e. doctor, lawyer, teacher, whatever, just to be left alone. Truthfully, I really didn’t know. I knew whatever it was it wasn’t going to be the typical, everyday occupation. Typical has never been my style. My whole life, I’ve been a little different. My mother would just tell people “she’s the artsy type” to describe my interests and whatever current phase I was experiencing to other people. It wasn’t until middle school I discovered something other than music that I loved: Sneakers.
A friend showed me an Eastbay magazine one day and I was hooked. This was basically a catalog full of sneakers, some I’d never even heard of. I was in heaven. I took the card from the back and signed up for my own subscription. When my first issue came I flipped through it for at least an hour. Looking at the prices I knew I probably wouldn’t ever get anything from it but it didn’t hurt to look.
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Growing up with four older siblings sometimes dwindled the chances for getting certain things. My mother had a set price limit when it came to buying. I knew most of the shoes in the magazine were over my normal $50 limit. The sneakers I really liked, I would sit and draw pictures of them and put up in my room. There were occasions I could convince my father to buy me the occasional pair of Jordan’s or Air Max but I really loved the shoes that were different and I didn’t see everyone else wearing. Larry Bird’s Converse Weapons, Reebok Kamikazes, and Adidas Mutombo’s were just a few.
I discovered that the sneaker culture was a whole different world. There were people out there who loved sneakers just as much or even more than I did. Conventions were held and people would spend hundreds and even thousands on a single pair. The entire thing was incredible to me. So, as I got older I would splurge every once in a while on a nice pair. Being that I spent my hard earned money on them, I made sure to take care of my shoes. At least once a month I would get some soap and water and a toothbrush and sit and clean them all. I never thought I would turn all of that into a business one day.
Fast forward to 2016, I looked at the number of shoes I’d acquired over the years and wondered what to do with them. Some were old but still classics that I didn’t want to part with. So, I decided to take some time and clean them all up to make them wearable again. In the midst of that, I had that magical aha moment. From that point, I started to research the best products, and methods to really take care of any shoes. Even though I was already grown up at this point, I finally knew what I wanted to do. I was going to start my own sneaker business.
In April of 2018, K’s Kicks was officially born. A year of research and planning finally put into action. I currently offer multiple sneaker services. They include cleaning, paint touch-ups, restorations and customizing all at reasonable prices and quick turnarounds. I have been pleased with the support and business I have received after only seven months of being in business. I’ve seen everything from separated soles to those that looked like they’d been stuck between a rock and a hard place.
No matter the condition I care for each pair like they were my own. I never feel like I’m working because I love what I do. Putting life back into your soles is the goal at K’s Kicks. Next up will be K’s Kickstop where I will begin selling, buying and trading sneakers. That and many new things are in store for the future and I’m looking forward to jumping feet first into all the possibilities.