“My name is Barbara, better known as Ferrugem. I’m 22 years old and I work at Vans.”

Ferrugem, what’s your relationship with sneakers in general?

I always liked sneakers, always! Since I was a kid I wore high tops All-Stars, actually I think that one of the reasons that the Sk8 hi is my favorite model. And bro, I can’t not wear sneakers; I see girls wearing flats and I think “that looks awful, imagine me wearing something like that?”, because it’s really not my style. One of these days a guy from work came up to me and said: “Why don’t you wear heels? women shouldn’t wear sneakers”. Tell me, why doesn’t he wear heels?

Do you remember when you started liking sneakers so much?

When I was Emo everybody was wearing high tops or black and white slip on’s; I had a really colorful Nike, it was awful but I really liked it. I think that’s when I started wearing more sneakers.

What’s your relationship with this Kyle Walker?

I saw them on Vans’s Instagram page and I went crazy, I thought that I would never get them because I imagined that this model would never come to Brazil. A few days later Vans Brazil posted on their Instagram. I spend a lot on sneakers, I really don’t have a problem with spending money on this, I always work something out, I didn’t pay a bill once just to buy a pair – my phone was blocked for a week.

When they launched here I couldn’t get them because they were only available on Vans and Maze‘s website, and they sold out very fast, only 64 pairs came being that only 4 were 38, which is my size. A while later I saw that they had restocked on Vans website and I was able to buy.

I have a friend that works at Vans, I was always complaining about my job, always tired and stressed out because my job didn’t have anything to do with me. I gave him my CV and two weeks later they called me for an interview. I studied the history of the brand from beginning to end, from 1966 till 2016, I memorized every detail. The interview was at 10 am in Berrine and I live in Guarulhos, I was there at 9 am and I anxiously waited for an hour. I was wearing this Kyle Walker.

When I walked in the room there were three girls to interview me, I got really nervous. One of them asked me if I liked the brand and if I knew its history and I: “Girl you are not feeling me!” I basically put my foot on the table and showed her my Sk8-hi tattoo, and they all thought it was awesome! A few days after she called me and said that I got the job! These are my lucky sneakers, I only wear them on special occasions now, so far I wore them twice: for the Vans interview and for today’s photoshoot.

Vans Kyle Walker Pro Zephyr
Owner: @_ferrugem
Bought: 2017