INTERVIEW: Lori Lobenstine of Female Sneaker Fiend talks about her book, “Girls Got Kicks”.

Think the sneaker game is still solely a man’s sport? Nope, not the case.  Women sneaker heads can go toe to toe with the fellas. We caught up with Lori Lobenstine of Female Sneaker Fiend, to find out about her book Girls Got Kicks , the first ever photo documentary of badass females, told from the unique angle of their passion for sneakers. With hundreds of “female sneaker fiends” from around the world, Girls Got Kicks is a beautiful, full color book bursting with portraits and stories as rich and varied as their ever-growing sneaker collections.

Lori tell us a bit about yourself and Female Sneaker Fiend? Any current projects?

Our biggest project right now is our new book, Girls Got Kicks, and our current book tour, including 10 cities in the States and as many as 5 international cities—some still in the works! is a worldwide movement, a community of girls and women who love their kicks and take no shit.

Can you tell us a bit about Girls Got Kicks? If you had to put this into Gem content, what would your All-Time gem be in creating this book?

Getting badass females like Claw Money, WNBA All-Star Tina Charles, iconic hip hop photographer Martha Cooper, and over 150 female sneaker fiends and thousands of kicks—it was a wild ride.

How is DC reppin’ in such an awesome project? Any bottle poppin’ in DC to celebrate?

DC is reppin with up-and-coming-take-you-over-don’t-sleep DJ Beauty N the Beatz (age 10!) and stand out sneaker customizer and tattoo artist (Pinz-N-Needlez) Imani Brown. Yea, the DMV is reppin’ hard and should definitely pop some bottles to celebrate!

Where can those who can’t attend buy the book?

If you can’t make it to Palace 5ive, go to to buy the book. Or Amazon if you like them…

Anything else to share?

Don’t Sleep on the Ladies! If you’ve never seen girls with 300+ pairs of sneakers, you gotta come check out Girls Got Kicks.

Come check out Lori Lobenstine this Saturday, Nov 12th from 5pm-8pm at Palace 5ive Skateshop in Washington DC as she signs copies of Girls Got Kicks.