The Wells Fargo Center played host to sneaker show Shoetopia Saturday afternoon, as sneaker connoisseurs from all over ascended upon the arena for the trade show.
Shoetopia is Philadelphia's biggest buy, sell, and trade sneaker show to date.
The mission statement of the event is as follows:
SHOE+TOPIA aims to showcase the powerful popular & underground cultures of the sneaker game. The sneaker game is one of the most pervasive industries in the world. Camping out days for the latest Jordan release? Drive hundreds of miles for those hard to ﬁnd SB's? Yes this event is for you. Or maybe you're just curious as what exactly an event like this entails, yes this event is for you. We combine "the culture", with music, food & drinks; and the result is SHOETOPIA: a low pressure, high ﬁdelity environment to see and be seen. We will feature some of the most exclusive sneaker vendors from the area and beyond! All aspects of the culture will be showcased and the event will include restoration booths, appearances by special guests, raffles for prizes (usually an upcoming or unreleased rare pair!), and style/brand collection contests! Have kicks to sell, trade, or showcase? Hit us up - but do remember, our vendor tables ALWAYS sell out so please contact us in a timely manner. Sellers/vendors: We have nominal fees in place for vendor tables. Contact us directly AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, we cannot stress how quickly tables will go. Looking for a rare pair to cop? We are certain you will ﬁnd what you are looking for.
After being cultivated and expanded over the last 3 years with tremendous "home-grown" support, we moved SHOE+TOPIA from the DC suburbs in Northern, VA, into the heart of the city, and now we're taking our passion to Philadelphia.
More information about the event can be found at the website Theshoetopia.com, and a complete write-up of the event will be coming later. But for now I wanted to share some sights from the event, which brought out several hundred sneaker fanatics for a rainy Saturday showcase.
Check out some of the pictures after the jump.