I wasn’t aware that the Manila sneaker scene is alive and kickin’ until I went to the Summer Sole Slam Manila last Sunday, May 20. The boyfriend and I weren’t too convinced at first, but I guess hearing that his friend DJ Chester will be spinning at the event pushed him to give the event a chance.
With two regular passes on hand and a shared (read: current) fascination for sneakers, B and I trooped to the event for a refresher course on what it’s like to be in a sea of serious sneakerheads.
We arrived at 1esplanade in the SM Mall of Asia complex at around 3, and was immediately surprised to see a large crowd chilling outside the event place. I was excited, but also particularly anxious to be surrounded by all these men (and women) parading their awesome kicks for I feared stepping on their shoes and pissing them off. Yup, amid all the craziness of the day, that was what I was worried about the most. 😀
Our first order of business was to find Chester and Sam. Do you recognize him? 😛
Here’s Sam, looking all sorts of pretty.
Of course, I had to take a picture of the boyfriend before we checked out the booths.
The Summer Sole Slam Manila is basically like one big convergence of sneaker sellers, buyers and lovers. Local sneaker distributors have their own booths where they displayed (read: showed off) their most awesome sneakers in stock. Majority of the sneakers were up for sale, some of them brand new while others were slightly used. There were also a handful of rare pairs brought out purely for show.
You can only do a couple of things there:
1) Walk around and check out the sneakers on display
2) Walk around and buy a pair of sneakers or two
3) Walk around and check out the other sex (if you’re not with your girlfriend or boyfriend, that is)
4) Stand still and look at other people’s sneakers
I must admit looking at what the attendees were wearing was sort of fun. Jordans were the go-to pair that afternoon and I don’t know why. I saw tons of guys wearing Jordan White/Cement too, but mine has black laces (the boyfriend replaced them) which slightly separates me from the pack.
It would be such a long and tedious task to describe the event in detail so let me just bombard you with awesome photos. Shall we?
A collection of OG’s, Doernbecher’s, BIN 23 Collection and All Star 2012 Galaxies. Those OG’s are jaw-dropping since they are still in mint condition. The sick colorways and design of the Doernbecher really pops out. Also, check out the overrated pair that was released this year–the Galaxy Foams. :p
^ A collection of rare Kobe sneaks including the Kobe VI “Barcelona Away” and the Kobe V Black / Deep Forest – Varsity Maize to name a few. You can also see the Hyperdunk Air McFly “Back to the Future” design peeking on top of the photo. :p
^ Now this is the best part of the display for me. The Air Jordan 4’s and the Kevin Durant 4 “Nerf.” Those AJ4 “Eminem Encore” is priced at around $10k on eBay (WTF!) and the AJ4 “Undftd” is one of my boyfriend’s Holy Grails. See the AJ4 “Thunder” and “Lightning” (Black and Yellow) sitting next to each other? By they way, the Nerf doesn’t come cheap too for it can go from $1,500 to $3,000 on eBay.
If the unsigned AJ4 “Eminem Encore” will rob you of about $10k, then imagine how severe this pair can damage your bank account. 😮 Just so you know, only 50 pairs were released worldwide and two of them made an appearance at the Summer Sole Slam Manila 2012. 😀
^ Here’s a sick collection of rare and expensive LeBron sneakers, the Air Jordan IV “Lasers”, the Air Jordan 13 “Ray Allen PE,” and then the Pacman shoes on top. :p
^ Yep, that’s signed by the People’s Champ, which is sitting on top of the LeBron 9 “China” Special Packaging.
^ 45 instead of the normal 23 on the Air Jordan XI Concords. The legitimacy of this pair is up in the air though with the Philippine sneaker community questioning whether this is legit or not. You be the judge.
^ Another view of the rare kicks spotted at the Summer Sole Slam Manila 2012.
Now check out the other displays:
Now here are some of the pairs you can cop during the event. Although size availability were very limited, those who had the cash and luck, scored big at the event. 😀
^ Check out Keith Osorio. He was custom-painting on-the-spot. Nice work, Keith! Here’s to hoping you can custom paint one of our sneakers in the future. 😛
Adding excitement to the event were two competitions. One was the sneaker battle, where select people from the crowd were called on-stage to show off the rare and expensive kicks they were wearing to the event.
As a girl at a male-dominated event, it was refreshing to listen to men proudly talk about their kicks similar to how we would talk about our most awesome shopping finds. 😀 Another competition involved the sellers, where the organizers chose the Best Vendor Table.
Although I had fun looking at all the awesome sneakers on display, I thought there weren’t enough women’s sneakers to keep women interested. In fact, I don’t remember seeing one pair of women’s kicks. I remember we went around the entire floor at least 10 times but couldn’t spot one pair. Hmm, perhaps I just couldn’t tell the difference between which pair is for women’s and which one isn’t? Sam did tell me that she spotted several pairs but I must have the poorest of eyesight ’cause I failed to spot a single pair.
Sole Slam will return later this year, hopefully in full force–and with more booths (fingers crossed!) dedicated to women’s sneakers too. I think our attendance there will greatly depend on whether or not we’d still be riding this whole sneaker addiction we have going on. Do you think we’ll be off the bandwagon by then? 😛
The boyfriend helped me assemble this blog post, particularly in naming some of the pairs we found. Thank you, B.