Everyone has that one item that immediately gives them a ready-to-take-on-the-world attitude the second they put it on. It may be a pair of perfect-fitting jeans or a chic statement accessory or even a specific lipstick shade. For Beija Velez, basketball player turned model turned L.A. cool girl, it has always been a pair of fresh sneakers. The self-declared sneakerhead owns—wait for it—over 300 pairs of kicks and counting.
I was 0% surprised to discover that her current favorite pair is none other than Balmain’s BBold sneakers. The name is fitting, as the elevated, chunky-sole shoes really do inspire whoever is wearing them to be bold and use fashion for self-expression, something that Velez has been promoting for years. I can’t think of a better time to invest in a pair of footwear that elevates not only your looks but your confidence, too. And if you’re going to buy luxury shoes, a pair of sneakers you can wear every single day is a guilt-free choice.