Introducing Nike Doernbecher Freestyle designers for 2013 — Kate Smith

Kate Smith, 17, of Beaverton, Ore. (photo by Dan Root)

Should you ever find yourself facing a zombie apocalypse or a rise of the vampires, you’d do well to have Kate Smith by your side. A gentle 17-year-old with a warrior’s heart, she comes fully armed with a medieval sword collection, a bow and arrow set, and yes, a wooden stake.  “What can I say?” she laughed.  “I’m a huge Buffy fan!”

Kate’s shoe, the Nike Roshe Run, is the ideal choice for quick getaways. It’s also a direct reflection of its creator. The black leather is a nod to the biker jacket she favors; the side panels are her favorite shade of forest green. She added a few rhinestones for extra bling a personal coat of arms that features a mythical phoenix clutching Kate’s sword.

But it’s the words on the heel that sum up Kate best: You are stronger than you think you are. “Strong fierce women like Joan of Arc are some my favorite role models,” she said.

Kate Smith’s Nike Roshe Run (photo by Dan Root)

Kate knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity: she battled obsessive compulsive disorder with her twin sister, Kira.  Thanks to experts in OHSU Doernbecher’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, she emerged from the experience victorious and determined to shed light on the illness. “I want to clear up some misconceptions.  People think it’s just about being a clean freak, but there are a lot of different elements to it,” she explained.

With that battle behind her, now Kate is moving on to her next big challenge — pursuing her dream of becoming an actor. She plans on moving to L.A. after graduation to study screen acting audition for roles.

A sword is engraved on Kate’s shoe (photo by Paul Wegman)

Directors, take note: if you need a sword-wielding, arrow-shooting, vampire-slaying warrior princess, we’ve got just the girl for you.

“When Kate and Kira turned 13, they developed severe obsessive compulsive disorder that affected every minute of every waking moment. Throughout their successful treatment, they and their family have shown tremendous courage and persistence and are now enjoying the everyday lives of successful young women.” — Ajit Jetmalani, M.D., head, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, OHSU Doerbecher Children’s Hospital.

The 2013 limited-edition Doernbecher Freestyle Collection includes apparel and footwear and will be sold at and at Nike retail locations across the country. All proceeds benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.


See more photos of Kate’s shoe and apparel.

Ashley Schmidt
Associate Director of Development
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation