If you peeped anywhere near the Mt. Vernon Metro Station this past Saturday, you would have found people of all ages coming through with warehouse loads of shoe boxes.
Upon entering the Washington Convention Center you find Canoe art sculptures hung from the ceiling. The convention center is beautifully structured.
The sweet smell of Jamaican beef patties from the left wing catches anyone walking through the front doors. A walk down a hallway leads to sounds of Drake’s “Know Yourself’ blaring through the floor as a dj spins a dope set of rap, hip-hop and R&B music.
Along the frame of the room, vendors showcase sneakers, apparel and even custom grillz. The middle of the floor is filled with people of all ages (and we literally mean from kids to adults) showcasing their own footwear both used and fresh.
What was the dopest shoe?
We were all drawn to a pair of the Back to the Future II sneaks. Why? Because there aren’t that many sneakers that actually light up in a non-kiddie way. Then again, it didn’t appear any sneakerheads placed a bet to cop the shoes.
The biggest let down?
No Yeezys. Don’t be confused, we saw previous editions. What we all hoped to catch a glimpse of though could not be found.
Most innovative product?
Socks. While the sneaker game remains strong, we found socks printed with sneaker prints.
Most frequent kicks?
The recent KD Aunt Pearls sold out quick, but we saw a decent amount of fresh pairs available. Beyond Nike though, a few pairs of ZX Flux Oceans and a handful of Xenos in mint condition.
It’s clear Nike and Jordans continue to lead the market, but great to see the potential for different brands to make a statement.