We had the good fortune of connecting with Adria Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adria, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from the sunny side of South Dallas! I was always a person that never felt like I fit in. I always felt out of place, yet I found a way to make those places, a home. My mom was a teenage mother, so my grandmother practically raised me in my formative years. And although we didn’t have much, somehow, I never went without. A way was always made because my mom and grandmother worked hard. And I realized early on, that I didn’t need what I thought I needed, in order to make something happen. I would go to school and see everybody with the latest sneakers. And my mom and grandmother refused to spend money on sneakers and popular brands. So, that forced me to find other ways to express my love for fashion and different types of shoes. The crazy thing is, while everyone else had on Jordan’s and other popular brands, I wore Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger from TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross. And my peers, would want the shoes and brands that I wore. And that’s when I realized, at a very young age, that God gave me something special. I was able to bring value to whatever I wore, instead of the other way around. So even now, I don’t JUST purchase the popular shoes and brands. I wear what I like. And there are so many instances where people tell me, all of the time, that they either wouldn’t have thought to purchase certain sneakers until they saw me wear them or they went and bought something because they saw it on me and liked what they saw. I pay attention to the trends, but I don’t succumb to them because my influence transcends them. I simply purchase what I prefer. My upbringing has definitely taught me the caliber of worth and value that I bring to any and every “table.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m simply a creative who uses my brand to worship the Creator. I’m a lover of sneakers, which tends to be a male-dominated industry, as well as a stereotypical industry as it pertains to women. I don’t fit the mold. So, I literally decided to bust through it and get rid of the “ceiling.” And it has been EXTREMELY CHALLENGING! But I’d like to think that it’ll all be worth it in the end. As long as I make God’s name great, then that’s all that matters. My reward is not only in glorifying His name, but seeing peoples’ lives being changed for the better. And I get to do it through my love for sneakers! Sometimes profit won’t always look financial. There’s this thing called “human capital,” that truly matters. People matter. I’m under the impression that service is subjective, and it looks different on various people who express it in their own way. Life is not a “one size fits all.” It requires that we do what we were placed here to do as an individual, use that to invest/pour into people, and then step back and admire the impact that God has done to mankind, through your life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
While I’m a Dallas native, I feel like Dallas ALWAYS has a new place that pops up out of nowhere! There’s literally a new place to visit and go to, every day! But some of my favorite spots are either in Deep Ellum to enjoy a “Hot Mess” at Pecan Lodge, and a quick drop-in at Sneaker Politics. Or on Greenville Ave to get some desserts at Steel City Pops and stroll on to The Laboratory for more sneakers. Then finally head up north for dinner at The Porch for some amazing Short Rib Stroganoff and a side of jalapeño cornbread. And if there’s time, hit up Centre to see if they have more sneakers at Mockingbird Station. I ALWAYS have to include sneakers in my day! Retail therapy is a very real thing and it just makes life better! But there’s something to be said about sharing what you love most, with the people that you love most❤️🥰
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Aside from my my mom, grandmother, and aunt, I also owe a great deal of my “success” to my phenomenal support group of friends, my stepdad, my Pastor (Chris Wesley), and my social media followers who take the time to share their testimonials with me every day.
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