Longtime Snobette Sneaker Awards panelist Soleil Barros was born in the sign Leo and appropriately enough is known for her sunny-side up disposition, which is why she’s simply referred to as Sunshine by her besties. Born and raised in Los Angeles, you can always count on her to rep for her city.
Check out our exchange with Barros along with her top five sneaker picks for 2020 below.
Snobette: Sneaker brands are all hoping to increase sales to women. What’s one thing they could do better when it comes to appealing to a female customer?
Soleil Barros: “Collaborating with more women from an array different backgrounds would have good results, just because women naturally are trend setters as we tend to be more versatile and open to trying new looks.
“One specific thing brands could do to appeal to the female consumer would be to create products with a think-outside-the box element. How cute would it be if your exclusive sneakers came with gloves in the same material or a matching scarf in the same color? Brands should tap into how unique and different all women are and make it easy for us to style our outfits in our own way.”
Snobette: How has the pandemic changed your sneaker buying habits whether you’re buying more, less or the same?
Soleil Barros: “The pandemic hasn’t really changed my sneaker buying habits at all. I keep it simple and stick to a special pair once or twice a year.
“Though once this epidemic is under control I might have to indulge a bit more and look forward to stepping out because all the chanclas wearing….I’m tired!”
Snobette: What’s the one sneaker silhouette you’ve been wearing heavy this month?
Soleil Barros: “Reebok‘s Instapump Fury, it’s is a super sleek silhouette plus the button detail on the tongue to tighten the sneaker gets me every time.
“In January before lockdown, Distortedd released a stellar Instapump Fury and I’ve started wearing them in the past month or so. Now we’re going steady! Quarantine tip: Stop saving your favorite things, just wear them, enjoy your stuff and be grateful you’ve acquired it.”
Soleil Barros’ five favorite sneakers 2020:
5. Pyer Moss Sculpt: white yellow
3. Vans and Rhude Acer Ni SP: bandana multi
- Nike and Malbon Golf: Air Max 97 G: metallic silver