ABOUT THE BOOK
Girls Got Kicks is the first ever photo documentary of badass females, told from a unique angle: their passion for sneakers. With hundreds of female sneaker fiends from around the globe, the book documents how these sneaker lovers use kicks to be both athletic and sexy, hip and tomboyish, grown and youthful, as they define who they are—and who women can be—on their own terms. Written by the founder of femalesneakerfiend.com, Lori Lobenstine, and illustrated with powerful portraits by Amanda Lopez.
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AUTHOR LORI LOBENSTINE
Since founding femalesneakerfiend.com in 2005, Lori Lobenstine has seen it grow from humble beginnings to a peak of over 100,000 page requests daily. Her sneaker insights have been published in books and magazines in the US, Europe, and Australia, including Sneaker Freaker (edited by Simon Wood; Riverhead Books, 2005), Sole Collector, Bitch, WAH (England), Lace (Germany), and more. Femalesneakerfiend.com has also been featured in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, The Source, Trace Magazine, Lady Caprice (France), and Wooden Toy (Australia), as well as being profiled on MTV (Canada), the Learning Channel and The Chronicle (ABC, Boston).
Lobenstine has long been fascinated by how girls and women use sneakers to express themselves. Girls Got Kicks is inspired by many of the young women she met during her lifelong work as both a youth worker and basketball coach. During her time as Director of Teen Programs for Girls Incorporated of Holyoke, Lori was published in All About the Girl: Culture, Power and Identity, an international anthology about girls in society today (edited by Anita Harris; Routledge, 2004). Lori has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University and about ninety pairs of sneakers.
PHOTOGRAPHER AMANDA LOPEZ
Amanda Lopez was born and raised in Sacramento, California under the watchful eye of her parents and paintings of La Virgen de Guadalupe. Her father lent her a camera at the age of 17, and photography soon became her savior. She studied art at San Francisco State University, and continued to shoot around the Bay Area and beyond. Whether she's photographing Latina homegirls, street musicians in the Mission District or members of her family, Lopez's camera eye looks for a balance of beauty, strength and urban tenacity. Her work has been published in Vibe, XXL, Mass Appeal, XLR8R, Hamburgereyes and such books as Roger Gastman's "Street World" and Upper Playground "Backyard Shake Down." Lopez continues to be influenced by her Latina background and the energy of American cities. She believes La Virgen de Guadalupe has guided her well. For more of her work, visit her site.
Sneaker Freaker pre-release interviews with Lobenstine and Lopez
SLAM Online "Don't Sleep on the Ladies"
Offbeat Mama Celebrating Mama Fiends, excerpt from the book
Sneakherbox post-release interview with Lobenstine
Sneaker Tube TV interview with customizer Fetti D'biasi at the Girls Got Kicks event at Goliath NYC
Sole Collector photos from our Boston book release event
The Vine (Australia) Featured Aussie sneaker legend, M.A.F.I.A, talks about being in the book
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