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Inspiring Conversations with Derrick Starks of Sole World

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derrick Starks.

Hi Derrick, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started with $50, I was playing basketball prep school in la and was supposed to go to college but I got on Tiktok and covid hit the coach asked what I was gonna do with my future. I didn’t text him back at the time. I had 200k on Tiktok and was growing a few months later NCAA canceled the season and I was grinding on Tiktok and hit 1 Million Followers late 2020, my content was me going around doing meet ups everywhere, my following got so big I met up with Lavar Ball and got the connection, early 2021 I opened my first store in February had 300+ people outside and now I have 100K + subs on YouTube and Tiktok is 1.7 million and I have five stores just turned 22 and I signed my first NCAA D1 Athlete Chucky Hepburn (Wisconsin) and I’m still growing I just got started.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?.
It’s been some struggles. I’m doing everything by myself now I’m still trying to build a team to this day!

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Sole World?
Sole world opened in February 26th, 2021 now we are on Melrose and two locations in Georgia and two in Miami, we do resell shoes all from sole resell platform, sole world is not only deal with shoes, we have a clothing line that does well top influencers love to wear! I’m known for going around buying shoes off people for cheap.

Example: if shoes got for $350, I’d get them for $40 and everyone goes crazy when they see all the deals I get, what set me apart from others nobody had the content I have at all I was the first to do it on TikTok then resellers started to copy and inspired them so it’s love! I’m proud that my brand is doing well right now. I just got started and it’s doing really well, I want readers to know I’m a young influencer now that started with $50 and now have millions in one year off of grinding and my clothing brand standing out from others, stores in top cities high-end items that people want we have it!

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I was just hustling. I didn’t really have a mentor nobody helped me through the process. I was just grinding out a camera out and now I build a following and people shop with me now, I just build it off Tiktok and connected it everywhere.


  • Shirts start at $30
  • Hoodies start at $50
  • Shoes start at $100+
  • Highest shoes in the store can go for $50,000

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