Having been featured in Sneaker Freaker and Highsnobiety, thanks to her work with the likes of Jeff Staple, Filling Pieces and Puma – Sydney artist and sneaker addict Caroll Lynn van den Brom (AKA Careaux) has established herself as a prominent figure in the sneaker world. This talented artist is best known for her pastel-infused sneaker creations that are steeped in her cute-meets-cool aesthetic. For this issue of Shoe Shine, Careaux adorned our cover with an illustration of her favourite Puma silhouette – the Fenty Creepers by Rihanna. We had a quick chat with the #SHECOZY queen.
What made you decide to illustrate sneakers?
Several years ago, my Dad was involved in an accident. It was an incredibly stressful time for me. It was during this time that I started illustrating. I found that it helped me a lot, as it was a way to escape from reality.
What artists inspire you?
I am inspired by a lot of artists. My favourites are KAWS and Takashi Murakami.
What’s your go-to outfit to pair with sneakers?
It depends on my mood. One day it could just be a simple dress, and the next day a hoodie. Sometimes a top with a skirt or a fur jacket or coat.
What is your favourite sneaker at the moment? What do you love about them?
My favourite at the moment is the Puma Creeper by Rihanna. The colours that have been released so far basically complement all of my outfits. They are also extremely comfortable and easy to keep clean. Also, the best part is that they make you a bit taller!
What made you start #SHECOZY (your take on Taku’s #TEAMCOZY) and @escalatorquick?
I started #SHECOZY when I found out the meaning of TEAMCOZY. I actually wanted a movement for the hard working women out there. I started @escalatorquick when I noticed I took a lot of sneaker shots on escalators in every new city. So I thought it was a good idea to show nice kicks while you're traveling. It's good to see what others
wear on the other side of the planet, and what they are doing or where they went wearing those.
There has been an uplift of interest in women’s sneakers in the last year or so. Do you think this will continue to grow?
Straight up yes, and it will grow even more! Do you think there is more of a gender balance in the sneaker game these days? I think so. I'm following all of these sneaker groups on Facebook but I don't talk there, I just watch how people interact. I've noticed that some guys are actually starting to help girls, which is great.
What advice do you have for any aspiring artists out there?
Never be insecure about your work. When someone comments: 'I can do better,' keep an eye on them because they never will. They just can't handle what you're doing. It will motivate you to do better anyway!