Tuesday, February 16, 2010

All-Star Sneakend Pt3: The Displays

PART 3 of 6

All-Star Sneakend at the House of Blues consisted of two rooms: a vendor area in the front of the building and sneaker displays in Cambridge Room towards the back. I covered the vendor area in part 2 of this series, and now here's a recap of the sneaker display area.

The Cambridge Room was setup with tables in the center and along two walls, with the stage and the bar covering the remaining two walls. Along the left side and in the center were a variety of exhibitors including Phase 2 (Alaska), Sole Supreme (New York), 16assassin (Ft Worth), Kadoma (Houston), and several local members of the Nike Talk forum. Located on the far right wall were the special guests DJ Greg Street (Atlanta), MAYOR (New York), and Franalations (LA). All-Star Sneakend literally had sneakerheads from across the entire country showing kicks!

On hand were tons of rare, hard-to-find Air Jordans, Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air Max, Nike SB, Nike Basketball, Asics, New Balance, Bape, Converse, Adidas, and quite a few "Player Exclusive" sneakers. I was really stunned at the variety of kicks on display--and even more stunned by the rarity of them. I've never seen so many unobtainable sneakers on display in one room at one time.

The coolest thing about the show to me was that it wasn't a buy/sell/trade kinda deal, but rather a "sneaker showcase"--kinda like going to a classic car show or something. So many times, sneaker shows are more about moving kicks than displaying whatcha got. As a fan, I thought it was cool that this was all about the love of sneakers, not profit.

NEXT! Check out what Franalations brought to display!

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