If you’re the sort of person who loves seeing your rack overflowing with kicks and identify yourself under the “sneakerhead” or “hypebeast” descriptor, then you’ll know that perusing flea markets has become a competitive, sometimes contact, sport – no thanks to celebrities who parade around in exclusive Stan Smiths, or third party price-gougers flipping Yeezys on eBay to for sky-high prices, or even the breakneck pace at which sneaker manufacturers release covetable variants. In celebration, rather than denigration, of footwear culture, annual sneaker convention Sole Superior is back for its fourth year in bringing the sneakerhead community together at Zouk Singapore, with the rarest and coolest shoes in town to boot. Because the thirst for the freshest pair of kicks isn’t likely to die down anytime soon, here are five reasons you won’t want to miss Sole Superior 2016.
1. Free Tattoos
Get yourself inked by tattoo artist Alfrey Tattoo and Kelvin Monster from an exclusive Sole Superior 2016 flash sheet, with graphic artwork contributed by local art collective from Tell Your Children. And the best part, its free (and permanent – choose wisely).
2. More Exclusive Merch
Because last year’s capsule collection wiped out within a mere 30 minutes, Sole Superior once again teams up with local label and designer Pras The Bandit to offer an even larger collection of caps, tees, embroidered military jackets, artworks and even a PRAS x Sole Superior carpet. Also joining the collaborative efforts this year is Singaporean illustrator Mister Tucks, who will be offering a small run of hand-screened tees for the event. These hotcakes are only limited to 30 pieces, so don’t dilly-dally. Did you know he is also behind Sole Superior’s 2016 event poster? Well, now you do.
3. Kick Your Feet Up
While searching for that unique find or waiting for the vendor to end their friendly banter, it can get a wee bit tiring. But fret not, as Sole Superior has got you covered. Give your legs a break on the Sole Superior Camping Chair, a portable queue-friendly essential suitable for the outdoors. Conceived in a three-way collab between Sole Superior, Terrainware and FIN to match style with superior quality, put your keister in one of the 30 chairs available to recoup your energy.
4. Tunes For Your Dancing Shoes
What’s an event without music, eh? DJ .Wav(y) is set to blow the roof off of Zouk with soulful bass music and good vibes, so you can nod to grooves while picking out the next pair of dancing shoes to go with them.
5. Swag Up For Grabs
As always, Sole Superior has teamed up with a number of specially curated global brands, independent labels and collectors, so you can expect a wide range of covetable kicks and envy-inspiring rarities to choose from, all in a single venue. And if you don’t score the pair you had your eye on during your hunt, there’s over $20,000-worth of products to be given away to some lucky sneakerheads so that nobody goes home empty-handed.
So come prepared and arrive early, because the early bird catches the Yeezys.
Sole Superior 2016 happens on November 12 from 1pm to 7pm at Zouk Singapore. For more info, visit facebook.com/solesuperiorsg.
Text Izza Sofia & Trent Davis
Images Sole Superior