While Singapore’s street scene may have some ways to go to match its US counterparts, annual streetwear and sneaker convention Sole Superior has been at the forefront of pushing it forward to put the little red dot on the map. Celebrating its fifth year of bringing together sneakerheads, hypebeats and urban lifestyle enthusiasts, Sole Superior 2017 promises to be its best and biggest edition yet.
Historically held at Zouk nightclub’s former Jiak Kim residence, the convention’s return on November 25 marks the first time attendees will set upon Zouk’s new location at Clarke Quay, setting a new backdrop for the flurry of sneaker trading, exclusive drop shopping, and body-moving performances. In addition to a congregation of independent brands, artists and the broader street-minded community, this year sees organisers usher in a number of firsts, including a head-to-toe, highly limited Sole Superior capsule collection with collaborations from New Era, XLARGE, Novesta and local threaders Freshly Pressed Socks and Pras The Bandit.
It wouldn’t be a bona fide Sole Superior event without a tonne of giveaways, and this year they’re raising the stakes with $30,000-worth of covetable goods up for grabs. However, the occasion also marks an opportunity to give back, with charity fundraisers and sneaker donation drives introducing a benevolent element to the ‘gotta cop’ sentiments.
The fifth edition of the convention also marks the first official Sole Superior 2017 Afterparty organised in conjunction with Moonbeats Asia (the fine folk who’ve brought in the likes of LIDO and Honne), to be held at a Tai Seng warehouse where the good vibes and giveaways will continue through the night, with banging tunes delivered by none other than Fool’s Gold Records’ Falcons. The first 50 buyers of the limited Sole Superior 2017 and Afterparty bundle score exclusive access to the convention with half-hour advance entry to the main event, so don’t dilly-dally if you want first dibs.
Sole Superior 2017 takes place on November 25, 1pm at Zouk, 3C River Valley Road; tickets $10 (pre-sale) to $20 (doors), available at ticketbox.sg/ss2017. The Sole Superior 2017 Afterparty takes place at 9pm at 5 Pereira Road; tickets $40 (VIP and pre-sale) to $50 (doors), available at moonbeats.asia.