Hi top, canvas, denim… Urban Outfitters’ assistant manager Keighly Fullick can’t get enough sneakers
I’ve been collecting trainers for around 13 years now – since I was about 14. I’ve never been the girliest of girls, so always wore a lot of sports shoes growing up. It wasn’t my intention to start collecting – I just had a growing passion for certain styles and brands. It took off big time when I was 16 and got my first part- time job. More disposable income meant more shoes, obviously! I’ve got about 68 pairs in total now.
Over the years I’ve become really interested in the heritage of my favourite brands; the design process of each model, and the trends surrounding the sneaker scene. I remember going on holiday with my boyfriend to New York in 2009 and being overwhelmed by the volume of trainers I wanted for my collection. I didn’t have a lot of spending money but I still managed to come home with three pairs – my boyfriend told people ‘ We couldn’t eat, because Keighly bought shoes.’ Which is fine – right?!
My best find has to be a burgundy pair of Vans Sk8- His I found hiding in the TX Maxx children’s section for £ 7.99. Look in places you wouldn’t normally shop – some of my favourite styles were only released in men’s sizes, but you can find treasures in kids’ departments. www. instagram. com/ iheartthreads