Solemart Paris – June 2014

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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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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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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!

 

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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