After having such a good time at SNEAKERNESS AMSTERDAM last time, we had to take the opportunity to travel over again for this year’s event.
We knew beforehand that the new location at NDSM was big, but in all honesty big is not the right word… the place was HUGE! After stepping off the ferry that took us from the central station, we were greeted by what can only be described as an imposing old warehouse building, in the middle of an industrial area. There was no doubt that we were in the right place, with the large white logo looking down at us and the queue of people winding its way all the way around the corner. After picking up the traditional entry wristbands, we stepped inside…
What greeted us was nothing short of impressive, with table after table piled high with an enormous variety of trainers; from vintage runners through skateboarding, recent GRs, samples, sought-after collabs, all the way through to the most up-to-date and technically advanced basketball shoes. We had to take up a pretty high vantage point to give you an idea of how big the event was, which even included a trip up into the rafters when things quietened down a bit.
There really was something for everyone in amongst the thousands of trainers that were up for sale. It took a few rounds to try and take everything in and even though we were there for both days and walked around countless times we’re still pretty sure we missed some things.
Some of the highlights for us though were a table with an impressive range of NIKE SB DUNKS, some of the most sought-after collaborations from PRIME, a serious selection of samples on the DEAUP table and some vintage gems on the aptly-named SNEAKERVINTAGE table. It’s not just the private sellers and consignment stores that get involved: some of Europe’s biggest independent shops also get involved, with both TITELHELDEN and OVERKILL making an appearance with lots of great recent releases as well as some deadstock heat, including this group of beautiful NEW BALANCE collaborations on the OVERKILL stand.
As you’d expect, the heat wasn’t restricted to the tables, with plenty of people breaking out their best pairs, which is always nice to see. Of everything we spotted, we decided to pick out one pair to include in our round up, which was not an easy task to do… but then we spotted the NIKE PRESTO ‘SARAH JESSICA PARKER’ EDITION, one of just 1000 pairs. Definitely not something that you see very often and it ties in nicely with the upcoming return of the Presto this summer.
Although these days every year seems to be a big year for trainers, 2015 is especially big, with three brands celebrating the anniversaries of some of their biggest models, one of which is the NIKE AIR MAX 90. With this in mind, the team over at SNEAKERPEDIA teamed up with the Dutch Air Max Society to put on an interactive display of some real gems.
If hunting out grails and bargains all got a bit much then there was plenty to distract you, with air hockey tables, foosball tables, chill out areas, outdoor eating area, pop-up art gallery and live graffiti all providing a chance to take a break and catch up with those people you only really get to see at SNEAKERNESS.
Once you had built up your energy levels again you could also check out the stalls that were selling those all-important accessories, such as the guys from STANCE with their wide array of socks, ROPES LACES with their impressive range of laces, K1CK-1T with their very cool trainer displays and posters from Need More. For those who want something one-off they were well catered to, with both Sneakers And Bonsai and Adorn Customs showing off their talents.
Thank you goes to the SNEAKERNESS team for their hospitality; we had pretty high expectations and you didn’t disappoint. We’re sure that everyone had a great time, so make sure to tag any pictures of your pick ups with #thedropdate and we’ll see you all at the next one!
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