Over it’s previous six outings, the CREPE CITY sneaker festival has proven itself to be a growing force in the London footwear scene, with the dedicated crew behind the event pushing it to fresh heights and bigger venues each time. As a result people expected Crepe City 7 to be the biggest yet – but on the day the combination of heavy promotion and perfect spring weather brought hordes of trainer-thirsty heads down to Shoreditch’s Village Underground, all rocking Sunday Best on their feet. The resulting queues were no joke, but those who braved the wait and managed to get in were treated to a box-fresh banquet, with something for the feet of almost all ages, sizes and tastes.
Inside the venue the Crepe City team had assembled a mixed bunch of retailers, including the Leicester based WELLGOSH crew, resellers (the sane ones) such as ETCSTORE, alongside a bunch of private collectors (with the CT crew leading the field as always!) whilst the girls were strongly represented by SMALL FEET BIG KICKS and APRILS KICKS, As a result there was a huge selection of brands, models, sizes, conditions – and prices. Some were clearly on the ambitious side whilst others were priced to go, but those happy to dig around and haggle could definitely score some bargains. To nobody’s surprise Nike was clearly the biggest brand both on the tables and on feet, with loads of new and old stock on offer, with some amazing vintage deadstock pieces from the Air Trainer range being up for grabs alongside the expected selection of Jordans and Maxes.
Those trying to avoid the Swoosh had to search a bit harder, but with a decent selection of adidas, New Balance, PUMA, Asics and a killer batch of Ewing retros there was something to please most heads, whether they were searching for a grail to complete their collection or just something different to wear daily. It’s fair to say that it was no easy task to spot something other than the swoosh or Jumpman on people’s feet though!
But It wasn’t just about browsing and buying; with loads of the UK footwear faithful under one roof it was a massively social event too, with lots of catch-up conversations going down over a couple of beers.
Downsides? Only that demand was too much to cope with, as the hall quickly filled to bursting point whilst a couple of hundred more queued outside – and respect due to them, as they soaked up the sun and talked trainers patiently, mirroring the chilled vibe inside with nobody kicking off or acting foolish. Clearly an even bigger venue will be top of the list for the next one! Massive shout to the Crepe City crew for putting on another good one, CREPE CITY 8 will definitely be one to watch for!
And speaking of things to watch for, keep it locked to The Drop Date for more coverage from the day, including a video round up and the results of our ‘On The Foot’ shoot – did you make the cut? Make sure you’re following our feeds on TWITTER, FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to find out.