Solemart Paris - June 2014

DSC_0293 In the run up to the next Crepe City in July, we were feeling a little deprived of sneaker events, so we headed to Paris to check out the Solemart event, and chat to some of the European sellers about coming across to sell at Crepe City for future events. The European sellers who attend these events offer something that we struggle a little to get in the UK, and that's variety, but in particular, vintage runners and runners in general. Fair enough, like anywhere, you have your big hitters - Air Max, Jordan, and your recent releases from this year or previous, but that's always a bonus if you happened to miss a release that you wanted. So, a little bit of background about this edition of Solemart; The event took place in the Bastille Design Centre, with 700 metres squared of space on 3 floors with thousands of sneakers for you to buy, trade, or just simply admire. The event was hosted in association with La MJC and Solemart, with a preview hosted by Adidas for the Stan Smith Primeknit.

We arrived at the event prior to it opening, and a queue had already developed, but when 11am came, the doors opened and everyone was filtered through into the event space. The building itself was extremely traditional and had an archaic feel to it, which was relatively unusual compared to UK events but fitting for the location. The tables that the sellers used themselves even looked like antiques.

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There seemed to be a lot of interest from buyers on the first floor, who had some great pairs for sale on their stalls. We even bumped into Hichem who had a small room off to the left near the entrance of the venue, and as expected, his table with full with cracking pairs.

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Moving down to the ground floor by means of an extremely tight spiral staircase, barely wide enough to have two people pass one another, this floor was again, packed to the brim with sellers in every corner of the room. The ground floor was also where CC 9 attendee Ben Coshi was selling off some great pairs.

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With a tour of the ground floor complete, it was time to check out what the upper floor of Solemart had to offer, and if anyone was looking for some Air Max or Asics, then this was the floor to be. It was also probably the nicest looking floor, with a walkway around the circumference of the room, featuring trainers all the way around the inner circle, with a couple of separate rooms at one end, which were also packed with trainers. The large atrium provided a great view down to the first floor with the Solemart banner hanging on the far wall.

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Unfortunately, we never managed to check out the Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit, but we heard they sold out super quick, and thankfully, they will be available at selected Adidas retailers soon.

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Picture from @michael_lamjc

It was a pleasure to attend the Solemart Paris event, and great to meet and chat to some of the French buyers and sellers, just a shame that the trip was brief, maybe we'll be back across for another event in the future!

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Sneakersnstuff London - Opening Party

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Following the family & friends party the week prior, newcomers to London, Sneakersnstuff were to host another party, and this time it was open to all who were quick enough to get themselves on the guest list.

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Pic from @sneakersnstuff_ldn

Since 1999, Peter and Erik have been continually pushing forward and with the huge success of both their Swedish stores in Stockholm and Malmo, it's really no surprise why they're extremely well known across the 'sneaker world' and often dubbed as the 'king of collabs'.

Some may have been a little apprehensive with the opening of another store inside London, as there's already plenty of competition, but if the turnout for their opening weekend is anything to go by, then they'll fit just right in.

The SNS London store is based at 107-108 Shoreditch High Street, a great location, and the store itself is an extremely nice space.

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The 6th of June is the National Day of Sweden, and the perfect day for SNS London to host their Opening Party. The event was to be held at Oval Space in East London, which turned out to be an breathtaking venue, and big shout to a number of names (@anumberofnames) for setting up the event.

The event wouldn't of been as huge as success as it was if it wasn't for the great people who turned up, and also the incredible line up of artists performing... oh, and not forgetting the free bar!

In order of play on the night; Siobhan Bell [Work It], DJ Khalil [Livin' Proof], Wookie [Manchu Recordings], DJ Semtex and of course, the brilliant Pusha T for his massively anticipated set.

Here's to many more SNS events and to great success in London!

 

Paris - June 2014

As we were in Paris for Solemart, it only made sense that following the event, we went for a little sightseeing, so below is a collection of shots taken on the day. Just for reference, here's a list of the trainers and those wearing them;

New Balance 577WIC x Hanon Shop - @thomaslindie

Le Coq Sportif Eclat x Foot Patrol 'Macaron' - @the_monsta

Asics GLIII Salmon Toes, Adidas ZX Flux F&F and Adidas Boost - @morprime12

The Louvre:

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Colette:

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Eiffel Tower:

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New Balance 577BGP x LFSTL 'Kakkerlak'

The New Balance 577BGP x LFSTL 'Kakkerlak' or 'Cockroach' when translated is one of my favourite and most treasured pairs, it's also one of the pairs that many collectors class as a 'grail' if you must. This pair was released in 2008 and designed by the guys from LFSTL, a boutique based in Rotterdam, Holland, and it pays particular homage to their city. Although the shoe is nicknamed after the cockroach, which is widely regarded as one of the most 'dirty' or 'disgusting' bugs there are, it has a certain meaning that the residents of Rotterdam can relate to.

A cockroach can adapt itself to it's surrounding, and they even have the ability to survive some of the most severe bombings, much like the City of Rotterdam did in World War II, and this 577 make-up is a testament to that rebuilding phase and the City skyline. The 'petrol' colour symbolises the industry and harbour, as well as the river that splits the city in half, the grey, black and white represents common colours in Rotterdam's architecture and the purple inner lining draws a link to the city's 'open-minded' character.

As always with a collaboration, you expect the materials to be premium, and the Kakkerlak certainly doesn't fall fault of that, with the use of pigskin suede, premium croc leather, perf suede, white patent and even everyone's favourite gum sole to add contrast to the darkened midsole. Also, as an added touch, the cockroach image on the insoles and also the underside of the box lid are also a very nice extra touch.

The shoe itself is relatively hard to come by now, with value ranging into the high hundreds of pounds, many people are keen to keep a hold of their pair or sell for a high price, so good luck if you're trying to find them. There are also a number of samples of this particular pair, which fair enough is common for most shoes, however, there's rumoured to be possibly a double figured amount, only three of which I've seen, so I'm guessing the rest are with the guys in the Netherlands. (I've included some photos of the samples at the end of the post)

Check out some shots below;

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Here is some images of Kakkerlak samples;

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Picture by Fibs

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Picture by SHOOTO.

Here's a nice link with some shots of the above sample;

http://snidehead.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/new-balance-x-lfstl-nb-577-kakkerlak-1.html