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Lena Waithe Bringing Sneaker Obsession to Big Screen With Shoe Documentary

Actress Lena Waithe plans to roll out the red carpet for sneaker bloggers in a new feature documentary on the subject.
Jun 8, 2018 by: WENN


Lena Waithe Bringing Sneaker Obsession to Big Screen With Shoe Documentary

Actress Lena Waithe plans to roll out the red carpet for sneaker bloggers in a new feature documentary on the subject.

The Ready Player One star has amassed at least 100 pairs of sports shoes in a prized collection over the years, and her sneaker obsession only amplified when she was living in London while shooting the Steven Spielberg sci-fi film, revealing she watched video blogs, known as vlogs, about the shoes during her downtime. 

"I really want to dive into these guys (sneaker vloggers and bloggers) and their psyche, because they spend their lives just going out to the mall every week to get the new shoes that just dropped," she tells Variety. "It's just very competitive." 

Lena made a sneaker vlog of her own by videotaping her recent shopping spree for Complex in May, and she also poked fun at her shoe obsession by playing a psychologist in a Nike commercial for the footwear brand's recent 'Shoe Therapy' campaign. 

"I've been collecting them ever since I started making some real money, which was around Master of None time," she shares. "It's crazy because it (sneaker collection) does not appreciate in value, but it's something that I appreciate myself." 

Lena's love for sneakers goes so deep, she even received a pair as an engagement gift instead of a ring from her wife-to-be after popping the question to fiancee Alano Mayo last year. 

"We were in Tokyo," she recalled to Complex. "We got engaged in Tokyo on Thanksgiving. That holiday has a very special place in my heart. But she said like, 'Lena, I want to get you a ring.' And it was like, 'Uhh, that's not really my vibe' but of course, I was in Tokyo and I wanted to go shopping for sneakers, so while we were out shopping, there was a particular brand that is only available in Tokyo and they don't sell anymore in the States. She was like, 'I want to give you these pair of sneakers.' And I was like, 'OK, cool!' They are my engagement sneakers and I only wear them on special occasions."