Crepe City 15

A couple of weeks have passed since the fifteenth instalment of Crepe City, and as always the Crepe City team absolutely killed the event. This was my eighth Crepe City event and all eight have been located at the Truman Brewery which is just off Brick Lane in London's Shoreditch.

Each event seems to get bigger and bigger with Crepe City utilising more rooms than ever, but CC15 finally saw the return of the large room upstairs, a 22,000 sq ft room which was last seen at CC11.

It didn't just stop at that room though, as the other rooms upstairs - T2, T3, T4, and T5, were also absolutely packed to the brim with trainers, streetwear, accessories, vintage clothing, customisers, sneaker cleaners, and much much more.

This event was a little different for me though, as rather than just taking some pictures and socialising, Hanon Shop and Diadora had come together to launch our third collaboration on the Diadora B.Elite which was limited to only 50 pairs, with 30 of them being made for sale exclusively at Crepe City, and the other 20 being for friends and family.

A real testament to the Crepe City event itself, the team who are behind it, and just how far they've come that they have stores and brands dropping such low quantity collaborations at their events.

Be sure to check out some of my images below, and stay tuned to @crepecity on Instagram for more!

 

Crepe City 14

This post is pretty much two months late, but I really hate having loose ends, so better late than never, right? Crepe City 14 was to be my 7th Crepe City event in a row, and I think that's pretty good going if I'm honest, but the CC team work tirelessly to put on an amazing event each and every time, and I'm happy to call those guys my friends. Always happy to support them when possible!

The 14th instalment of Crepe City was held at Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane in East London on the 31st of October. Halloween celebrations were put on the back-burner as thousands flocked to try and grab a grail or pick up a bargain.

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Sold out tickets huge queues, world renowned stores, art exhibits, clothing brands, and big name vendors are just some of the things you can come to expect when you attend a Crepe City event, and this one was no different, however, the Crepe City team themselves had some things up their sleeves.

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The Crepe City team used this event to launch their first branded apparel and merchandise collection, which also tied in with their first issue of the Crepe City Magazine, as well as a continued collaboration with the Basement. As you can imagine, the apparel and merchandise flew out, so count yourself lucky if you managed to grab any of it!

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There was a Back to the Future style collaboration between Ropes Laces and Crepe City available to buy on the day, and all the stops were pulled out  and there was a DeLorean parked outside all day, which you could grab a picture with.

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Stepping away from the BTTF vibe, and revisiting the whole Halloween thing, event regulars Jason Markk were present with their very own exclusive event only Halloween themed sneaker cleaning kits, which went down a treat (pardon the pun...), as well as their sneaker cleaning service.

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Other big names such as Main Source, Prime, Akio, Schuh and Soleheaven, as well as numerous private sellers were all on hand throughout the day providing you with the largest amount and widest variety of kicks to be found at any sneaker event across the UK.

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It didn't just end there though, as clothing, accessories, and art was all covered too with people like Stance Socks, Sneaker Science, Crease Coach, Rhys Designs, Pins Artist, and Minted.

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After a busy day sneaker hunting, you could grab a drink and a bite to eat from the likes of Snow Ballz, koko, Bun Kabab, and Miss P's Barbecue, and if you had some spare time in between all that and wanted to sharpen up your appearance, then the good folks over at Luke's Barbershop were on hand to keep you groomed and trimmed.

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UK heavyweights the Basement had an area which as you can imagine, was absolutely rammed throughout the day, but those guys are killing it, so big shout to them.

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As always, hats off to everyone who played a part in organising the event and making the day as stress free as possible, as well as all the vendors who attended and all the punters who passed through on the day.

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Crepe City 13

If you can remember any of my previous Crepe City round-up posts, I've started almost every one of them by saying how each event is bigger and better than the last, but it's the unavoidable truth, and Crepe City 13 was no different. Although the number 13 may be regarded as an unlucky number for some, it definitely isn't for Crepe City as they put on another hugely successful event.

The event returned on the 25th of April, and once again, like the previous 5 events, CC13 was held in the Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane in London's trendy Shoreditch area. Although the event has been held within many different rooms in the Truman Brewery, it seems like they're starting to nail down the event space, with this event's layout being one of the best so far.

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Doors opened at midday and the thousands of punters who'd been eagerly waiting started to file in and check out what was on offer. They were greeted in the first room by a mixture of brands and sellers, with Jason Markk offering a cleaning service (but we're sure everyone's kicks were spotless anyway) as well as their collaboration with Crepe City.

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If you were looking for socks, then you didn't have to go very far, as Stance Socks were also on hand with their huge range of socks available for purchase, as well as a seat on their sofa if you fancied chilling out.

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For the first time ever, new footwear brand Akio were on hand to showcase their Orion trainer in a bunch of colourways, which all looked really quite impressive. Definitely a brand to keep an eye on, very much looking forward to seeing what those guys do.

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Since we've detailed the brands in the first room, we might as well just carry on with this format and move into the second room which housed brands such as, The Basement who had collaborated with Crepe City on tees and pins, available to buy on the day, as well as Dutty Streetwear, and KWills. This room was constantly busy, but was well worth persevering the crowds to check out some of the clothing and accessories on offer.

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Swiftly moving through The Basement (which probably should have been in the basement) area of Crepe City, the next room named The Street housed Diadora who's N9000 collaborations have been causing a storm of late and were all on display here, and you could also pick up one of the fifty pairs of the exclusive N9000 MM which were available, debuting Diadora's use of no-sew technology. The good people over at Ropes Laces had their second collaboration with Crepe City available for purchase, and these proved to be a massive hit on the day.

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This room also featured the UK's own Soleheaven who regularly attend the event with a great selection of footwear on offer, and also heavyweights Main Source who had loads of rare deadstock goodness available. Crepe City isn't just about footwear, clothing and accessories, Luke's Barbershop were on hand to provide hair cuts if you so desired.

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By this point, you were probably ready to grab a drink or some food, and the adjacent room offered all of the above, with burgers and cans of Red Stripe aplenty. I tell you, those picnic benches were a lifesaver, great spot to hang out.

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The next room was a welcome addition to Crepe City this time around, and aptly named the Crepe City Boutique, this was an area that catered for the ladies, bursting with sneakers, clothing and accessories. Fingers crossed that this area gets carried over to the future events, and big props to the ladies behind it.

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However, like previous events, Puma were in attendance and they had situated themselves within this room, and were showcasing some of their latest releases, such as the Alife (which have just dropped) and Solebox collaborations, as well as a number of general releases.

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Moving downstairs now, and into one of the lower levels at Truman Brewery, this space was separated with two large rooms. Heavy hitters Prime were tucked away in the corner but their wealth of rare Air Max never ceases to amaze no matter how many times you've seen them.

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Also, Josh Cole, a name that may ring familiar had an extremely impressive setup once again with tonnes of amazing vintage pairs that was well worth checking out even if you had no intention of buying anything.

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A couple of new additions to Crepe City this time around were YR Store who offered a custom t-shirt and sweatshirt printing service, as well as Crepe Cam, which done the often tiresome task of taking a shot of your footwear, but with a 360 degree twist.

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The last room was the closest to the exit, but this didn't mean that the CC team had neglected it in the slightest, as the Crooked Tongues Forum crew were representing with a couple of tables, and also UK retailer Wellgosh with a huge amount of excellent stock from their store. 

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Another extremely successful event, which wouldn't of been possible without the continued effort of the Crepe City crew, and also all the sellers, traders, retailers, DJs, caterers, brands, and punters who pass through on the day. Keep killing it!

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Crepe City 12

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It felt like only yesterday I was at Crepe City 11 in the largest room at the infamous Old Truman Brewery, just off Shoreditch's well known treasure, Brick Lane. However, it was in fact three months on from the last event, and for the 5th event in a row, it was held at the same venue, but with a different set of rooms. 'Bigger and better' is a term used often when we talk about Crepe City - Europe's largest trainer event - but there's definitely a lot of truth in the saying, with thousands of people flocking down to buy/sell/trade or merely just check out the thousands of pairs of trainers on show.

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As has been the case now with so many of the Crepe City events, there was not only trainers on show, but various rooms at Truman Brewery were awash with accessories, streetcar, vintage clothing, customisers, artists, and much much more. Most importantly, the food and drink selection was the best yet, and a particular drink which tasted like apple pie went down an absolute treat!

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Sellers travel from both the UK and abroad, as well as named brands such as Puma, and stores such as Wellgosh who also regularly make the effort to sell stock at reduced prices, or even display current and upcoming releases. This time however, it has to be said that the display put on by K-Swiss stole the show, displaying their upcoming Si-18, along with a number of other vintage pairs.DSC_0196

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The Huarache craze seems to have been fizzling out of late, but Huarache aficionado Clyde Vellacott made sure everyone's favourite Huarache colourways were on display, even if he was at the other side of the world. DSC_0254

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UK's own Ropes Laces had recently collaborated with Crepe City to produce a set of three laces, with individual pairs also for sale, along with a special black set made for F&F of both parties.  Weather in the UK needs no introduction, it's a bit hit and miss, a miss for the most part, so taking care of your trainers is imperative, and the likes of Jason Markk (with Jason Markk himself there paying a special visit), Liquiproof and Sneaky Brand were there to demonstrate and sell their product.

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If there was anything to take from this event in comparison to the last event, I think it was felt that the vast space all on one floor and in one room, which was used for Crepe City 11 seemed to finally give the event a proper convention feel, and was preferred by many. Maybe we'll see this return in future with a few improvements, but don't let the separate rooms take anything away from the event, as the Crepe City organisers spent weeks refining everything and anything, and it was a huge success, so big ups to them all!

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Crepe City 11

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DSC_0977 It is said time and time again, and it may almost sound like a stuck record, but it's true, Crepe City is continually growing with each one being even bigger than the one before. The 11th instalment was no different, and with a new room in the Truman Brewery, located just off Brick Lane, the 22,000 sq ft room was packed to the brim with trainers, streetwear, accessories, vintage clothing, customisers and much much more. With almost 5000 people passing through the doors, whether you were looking to buy, to sell, or simply just to drop by and have a look, then this was the place to be!

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It's not often that we complain about heat in the UK, but in both the true meaning of the word and also the adopted version to describe footwear, Crepe City felt like a giant greenhouse awash with thousands of pairs of trainers. Luckily, there were plenty of flyers advertising the next event (Crepe City 12) on hand, which turned out to be very effective fans to keep heads cool, but wrists sore.

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With the vast new space all on one floor and in one room, this seemed to finally give the event a proper convention feel, and was preferred by many. The room was lined with tables parallel to one another from one end of the room to the other, and the space filled quickly with punters trying to locate the best bargains available.

Over the years, Crepe City have grown to become the biggest and best trainer event in the UK, and this shows with the large amount of new and old sellers that they attract. Sellers travel from both the UK and abroad, as well as named brands such as Puma, and stores such as Wellgosh who also regularly make the effort to sell stock at reduced prices, or even display current and upcoming releases.

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Dutch heavyweights Prime also visited for the second time in a row, bringing their amazing collection of Nike Air Max, along with everyone's favourite releases from other brands, which meant their stall was the busiest throughout the day.

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On the subject of reoccurring sellers, the UK's own Ropes Laces were on hand to sell their vast catalogue of rope laces, as well as their recent collection of flat laces, including some very tasty 3M offerings. With the exception of that one day, the UK experiences some shocking weather for the most part, so taking care of your trainers is imperative, and the likes of Jason Markk, Liquiproof and Sneaky Brand were there to demonstrate and sell their product.

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Trainer art has always been there or thereabouts, but over the last year or so, it has become increasingly more popular, so it's always good to see what the UK has to offer. The extremely talented Steph Morris was at the event for the first time showcasing her exceptional pencil sketches, along with Filfury and his iconic abstract work.

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Bar and catering services were upgraded for this event, and both were jam packed throughout the day, with various great food offerings, and of course, plenty of Red Stripe to go around. The small courtyard served well for somewhere to chill, grab a bite to eat, a drink and escape the sweltering heat of the venue. The Drop Date were also sneakily positioned in the courtyard grabbing on-foot shot of those who passed through to feature on their site.

As always, these events would not be possible without the work of the Crepe City team, and all the sellers, caterers, and everyone else involved in making the event run smoothly, so a huge thanks goes out to all of them!

See you all at the next Crepe City on the 8th of November!

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Crepe City 10 Recap

It was that time again on the last Saturday of March when Crepe City descended on Old Truman Brewery for it's tenth event, which was to be.. MASSIVE!

The Crepe City team consistently pull out all the stops to improve on each event to make them bigger and better than the last, and it certainly showed this time. With the event firmly establishing itself as the biggest and best buy/sell/trade trainer event in the UK, it's inevitable that the volume of people passing through the doors grows at a huge rate. Bearing this in mind, the event has expanded over two floors, now with a total of four rooms stocked full to the brim with trainers, clothing, artwork and accessories! In between each event, there's always talk about the queue, whether it be the length, the wait time, shelter, or the fact that it wasn't organised well, but the extra floor and new queuing system proved pivotal in eradicating these issues.

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It's always good to see the regulars at the event, whether it be people selling, buying, or just coming along to catch up with old and new. As always, the Wellgosh crew made the trip and had a stall packed with heat, along with Dutch heavyweights Prime who brought tonnes of our favourite Asics and Air Max runners. We also saw the good people at Puma drop a huge glass pyramid in the middle of the ground floor showing off some of the upcoming Trinomic releases, getting many excited for some of the more vibrant colourways.

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As always at the Crepe City event, the team like to have all angles covered, and Truman Brewery was awash with trainer-related accessories, whether it be everyone's favourite cleaning product Jason Markk, or Ropes Laces who really have went the extra mile with the product, setting them apart from all others in the same market. There were also some hands on demonstrations which was always a nice touch and if you doubted the potential of Liquiproof, then all you had to do was check out their stall where they poured anything you could think of over a pair of trainers to demonstrate their product. Let's not forget the heavyweight Stance socks who were selling on the upper and also hid numerous pairs around the venue for event goers to find.

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Sneaker art is fast becoming a new craze it would seem, but it was a pleasure to have two of our favourites at the event. Steve Piantoni's unique style of Sneaker Toons reminds us of the car illustration posters that were decked out with large rear wheels, and Carroll Lynn had kitted out three of our favourite models on canvas in a stunning teal colourway for the event.

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Our friends at U-Dox who recently revelled in the success of their new book; Sneakers - The Complete Limited Editions Guide, had both new and old publications for sale on the day, along with a first hand look at some of the rarest pairs that have graced the book.

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However, the real star of the show was the adidas Flux Pop-up exhibition in association with Crepe City, which was located around the corner. If you took the time to have a look, you would of been given an insight into adidas' celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ZX8000 that was first introduced in 1989 and featured continually throughout the 90′s. Progressing from the ZX history, you were hit with an array of colourways of the new ZX Flux, the epitome of the curation. We have to give a big shout out to the people at adidas and Robert Brooks for putting this exhibition together! Be sure to check out my other blog post on the Adidas ZX Flux Pop-up.

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It didn't just stop there, as well as the exhibition, adidas were also giving away one of their 'not for retail' adidas ZX 8000 Flux, limited to 100 pairs, and all you had to do was wear a pair of adidas to be in with a chance of winning. Congratulations to Sunil for winning by wearing his unreal adidas Icone.

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As always, the event wouldn't be possible without the Crepe City team and the continual hard work they put in to make each event the success that it is.

Be sure to check out some of the other photos below, and I'll upload a post with some on-foot shots from the day too.

See you all at the next one!

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Adidas ZX Flux Pop-Up

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In conjunction with the Crepe City 10 event, the good folks over at Adidas Originals set-up a really unique exhibition just around the corner from Truman Brewery on Dray's Walk. If you didn't swing by and check it out then you really did miss out, but luckily, I swung by and took some shots for you all to check out.

Adidas are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ZX8000 which was first introduced in 1989 and featured continually throughout the 90's, but they've switched things up this year and created the ZX Flux.

However, before we get into the ZX Flux, why not take a look at the evolution of the Adidas ZX range?

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If you were lucky enough to be one of the few invited to the ZX Flux event on the Thursday night prior to Crepe City 10, then you'd of been lucky enough to hear the man of all things three stripes, Robert Brooks, talking you through the evolution.

There truly were some absolutely amazing pairs of Adidas ZX on show and if you like your Adidas then I'm sure you will agree. It was a privilege to be able to view these in person so big shout to Brooksy for bringing them along!

The epitome was the Adidas ZX series was the last on show and sat side-by-side with it's revolutionary new ZX Flux version limited to only 100 pairs, which really is a tremendous sight.

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The ZX Flux introduces a clean and simple silhouette, which is specifically made to focus on performance. The model pushes boundaries with it's streamlined construction with form fitting one-piece upper and heel cage for support.

The full Spring/Summer 14 collection was on show at the pop-up store so be sure to check out the following images.

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There are already numerous colourways available of the ZX Flux and they're nothing short of great, particularly the multicolour prism from the ZX Flux Photo Pack which has gotten everyone a little excited.

The image above shows just three of the colourways available already of the ZX Flux and gives you a taster of what sort of designs are possible on this shoe. We reckon Adidas should let their imaginations run wild!

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As well as the Photo Pack, Adidas are also offering up the ZX Flux Weave Pack and other colourways with this weave style upper. Some may think these are similar to a Roshe Run, which may be true, but we have to say, these are a cut above. The weave on the Flux is a lot thicker than the Roshe, but they're still amazingly light.

If you're unsure of the ZX Flux with the graphics, then be sure to try on a pair of the woven style and you might just go home with a pair.

There were two ZX Flux that we saw a lot of over the course of CC on Saturday, the F&F 'never to be sold' purple weave, and also the purple consortium pair. As you can see, there isn't a great deal of difference between the two, but the consortium pair features an orange outsole, white heel cage and also a numbered lace lock.

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The super talented Josh Parkin was also on hand to do some illustrations, and if you haven't already checked out his unique style of work, you're missing out big.

You can find him over on instagram @joshparkyart, he's also doing some commissions if you're looking for a personal piece!

Be sure to grab a pair of ZX Flux and keep your eye out for the next drop as the first lot flew out the door FAST!

Thanks again to Adidas for supporting the Crepe City event and everyone who was involved in setting up the ZX Flux installation, it was superb.

Saucony Originals Pop-Up - Neal Street, London. 27/3

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There's been an exciting new store pop-up quite literally in Neal Street, London, so if you get a chance, make sure you swing by and check out what Saucony Originals have to offer. The store is only around for a number of weeks so act fast to avoid disappointment as they have some stock from past collaborations and they'll also be dropping some new stuff.

We were down in London last week for the 10th Crepe City event, but I was given the opportunity to swing by the store at 6pm and shoot their drop of the Bait 'Cruel World', Ubiq 'Dirty Martini' and the Anteater Clothing 'Sea and Sand'. Massive thanks to Morgan and Oisin of the CC team, and Mark at Saucony Originals for the opportunity and also a very smooth release.

We arrived at the store about half an hour before the scheduled launch time and already the queue was around 20-30 deep and the list had already been made. With the chance to purchase all three pairs that were releasing, this was too good an opportunity to miss for many of the people queuing!

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As always, with any release, it's good to see people wearing the specific brand and there were some great pairs on show, and maybe even a sneak peak at an exciting new release that many in the UK are praying are getting an International release.

It's good to catch up with old and new faces and talk all things trainer related, but even more interesting to see the difference between a release in London and say that of one at Hanon in Aberdeen - a lot busier in that there London town for sure.

It seems that the most sought after release was the 'Sea & Sand' x Anteater Clothing and it's no surprise really. The Saucony Jazz features a style of colour blocking that we have grown extremely familiar with and it also looks similar to one of the first Bodega releases, albeit with a different coloured toe box. This pair features a suede and mesh upper decked out in royal blue and sand, along with a stunning perf suede toe box and all sat on a gum sole.

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Next up was the Saucony Shadow Original x Bait 'Cruel World', which are constructed with vegan friendly and cruelty free materials, and this serves as an almost literal representation of the collab theme.

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The final shoe up for grabs was the Ubiq x Saucony Grid 9000 'Dirty Martini', which features an olive and black suede upper with bright red hits, dark gum outsole and also that traditional chunky midsole for added comfort.

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The anticipation is growing for an International release of the Premier x Saucony Shadow 6000 'Life on Mars', and we were lucky enough to see both pairs in the flesh on Thursday, and they look great!

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I was on the look out for some of the best pairs of Saucony to come through on Thursday so check them out below - a couple of my all time favourites being the Acht Amsterdam Shadow 6000, and also the Bodega Shadow 5000.

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