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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New Balance CT300 x SNS, Firmament, hanon, and 24 Kilates

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Following on from the previous post, with the launch of the New Balance CT300 pack of collaborations launching this Friday, here are some detailed pictures of the shoes, and also, all the details of where some of the stores took their inspiration when designing the colourways.

New Balance CT300PHA x Hanon Shop ‘Phoenix’

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Hanon Shop’s collaboration history with New Balance, and in celebration, they take a step away from their usual running models to work on one of New Balance’s first tennis shoes.

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These will be available instore at Hanon Shop on the 27th of June from 10am, and available online at 2pm with a RRP of £105.

New Balance CT300 x 24 Kilates ‘Vamos A La Playa’

The well known 24 Kilates store is based in Barcelona, Spain, so it’s inevitable that some of their inspiration was taken from the stunning beach there, with elements such as the sand, the sea and the sun playing a part in the colourway.

The name ‘Vamos A La Playa’ is the Spainish translation for ‘Let’s go to the beach’.

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These shoes will release instore first at 24 Kilates on the 28th of June 2014.

New Balance CT300 x Firmament Berlin ‘Pine Sunset’

Berlin based store Firmament may not be a store that many are familiar with, but they have certainly held their own with their take on the New Balance CT300.

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Firmament will be hosting a special in-store launch event this coming Friday, June 27th from 18:00 – 21:00, and the collection will be available in-store at the launch event, and online that following Saturday, June 28th.

New Balance CT300 x SNS ‘1999’

Heavy hitters SNS have just recently opened a store in London, but that hasn’t slowed down their collaboration efforts. As you may or may not know, SNS have worked with New Balance many times over the years and have created some of the best collaborations to date. Here’s a little piece of text taken from the SNS website.

“Yes, we have worked together before, New Balance and Sneakersnstuff. In fact, New Balance was one of the first brands to give us the possibility to do a collaboration. And there has been a few over the years. But this time New Balance gave us a new challenge.

New Balance CT300 was first released in 1979, and the timing of bringing back a Made in UK tennis shoe could not have better. And if New Balance can bring up good things form their history, we figured that so can we.

Longtime supporters of Sneakersnstuff recognize these colors immidiatly. When Erik and Peter open up the store in 1999 we painted the walls grey. White would have been to bright, and we wanted a color that didn’t steal the attention from the products. The store was pretty small, so we painted the ceiling white to make the space feel bigger. Then we added a border of burgundy on the top of the walls because… well, because we liked it, and it was our store so we could do anything we wanted.

And as I said, we have worked with New Balance before, so we know that whatever product will come out of the Flimby factory, it will be on point. So we are very excited to present the Sneakersnstuff x New Balance CT300 ”1999”. It drops on June 27th and will be joined by version from our friends over at Hanon, 24 Kilates and Firmament.

Release date: June 27th
Sneakersnstuff Stockholm: 12.00 CET
Sneakersnstuff Malmö: 12.00 CET
Sneakersnstuff London: 10.30 WET
Online: 13.00 CET”

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All pictures taken from the respective stores websites.

New Balance CT300 x SNS, Firmament, hanon, and 24 Kilates.

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I think it’s fair to say that many of us have been waiting for the Flimby section of New Balance to start working on collaborations with the European ‘big hitters’, so to speak. Not long ago the ‘Danish Weather Pack’ was released, where Norse Projects collaborated on two UK made 1500’s, but both these shoes were a far cry from their 670 back in 2009.

Anyway, as news broke that New Balance would be collaborating with Sneakersnstuff, Firmament, hanon and 24 Kilates, there was a great deal of anticipation, only for that to maybe be ruined a bit when it was announced that it wouldn’t be an ever popular running model, but instead, a tennis shoe.

Phrases like, “these colourways would look great on a 1500.. or a 577”, alright, fair enough, but then what’s the point in ruining a good colourway by using it on a model that is going to be bulky and banana-like? You have previous 577’s and 1500’s from SNS and hanon, and putting these colourways onto those models in 2014 would result in a shoe a million miles away from their past efforts.. that’s something that I’m sure of.. at least until there is shape changes at Flimby – granted you may not be bothered about the shape.

However, if you’re willing to look past the non-runner scenario, then the timing of the New Balance CT300 collaborations is perfect, with the grass court tennis season well underway and Wimbledon starting on the 23rd of June.

The CT300 was first released in 1979, and it was one of the first tennis shoes to be produced by New Balance, and one which offered a great deal of cushioning and durability on court. This classic court shoe is making a big return and all pairs are hand-crafted using only the most premius of materials at the Flimby factory.

Below you can check out a video produced for the release, which visits Aberdeen, Stockholm, Berlin and Barcelona, to talk about the shoes:

From left to right, the shoes below to 24 Kilates, Firmament, hanon, and SNS, but just to make sure, I’ve taken some screenshots from the video and posted them below.

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hanon shop:

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Sneakersnstuff:

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24 Kilates:

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Each shoe is set to release at their respective stores on Friday the 27th of June, and then look for a wider release the following week, but these shoes have been produced in limited quantities so don’t hesitate!

Keep an eye out for further information with regards to release details in the coming week as the stores get ready for their launch, but we hear the retail price will be around £105-£110.

 

 

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!

 

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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WOMFT – Adidas Campus 80’s ‘B-Side’ x FP

All I’ve heard this week is chat about how Stan is back, so I figured I would break out some Adidas, granted they’re not Stan Smith’s but I’ve not had a pair of them since I was 15, buying two pairs at a time and throwing them away when the soles were hanging off.

Anyway, you can never really go wrong with a Campus 80’s and Foot Patrol London absolutely nailed this collaboration. Whether it’s the premium suede upper, the vintage style midsole for some contrast or the use of horse hair on the inner drei-streifen, this shoe cuts out all the bullshit and really is a well executed pair.

Maybe I’ll even throw in another pair of Adidas tomorrow, who knows.

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