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.