Stepped out to The Bricks for the “SanctSHOEary Sneaker Soiree” thrown by the usual suspects at SPoT and The Bricks and hosted by premiere Tampa sneaker gambino Wit-E Beats. A shoe-focused party is a little out of the norm for me but it’s actually pretty similar to any get together for music, art or skating even (if not a little more sedentary).
Tons of limited and older Dunks like the Diamond Dunks here as well as some Supreme Dunks in the back.
The Freddy Kruger Dunks that never got produced due to some sort of copyright hissy fit from Hollywood.
This display was mainly focused on the promo stuff that comes with limited shoes. Like an insulted cooler and foam lobster claw for some Blue Lobster Dunks.
These tweaker Krusty The Clown Sk8-His were pretty sick.
If you’re feelin’ fancy Eli had these Marc Jacobs Sk8-His.
This asshole was at the door.
Clements and Wit-E were the MCs.
Brian’s brother Glen came out and hung for a while. His limited sneakers of choice were some Wolverine work boots. If you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Glen definitely introduce yourself if you ever see him.
Tom McKessy was running things in the shop as usual.
Wit-E’s girlfriend was housing things at this
I sat down with Wit a couple days after the event to discuss the outcome and the sneaker culture in general, as well as what to expect from the next sneaker soiree.
“My Uncle got me the first Jordan’s and that was the first time that… It sparked it.” Wit explains about the beginning of his shoe fascination. “I just liked the attention that they got.” “What we had was more like an exhibit.” Wit-E announced concerning the difference between SanctSHOEary and other sneaker events.”We didn’t charge shit, and it was more to give back to the community.” The amount of rare, almost impossible to find shoes at the Soiree, like the Air Mags, which were created to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Wit deadpanned, “Resell market (on those) is easily three to four grand.”
I dove into a subject near and dear to Wit-E in the form of what major sneaker brands could do to tighten their game up and improve their production. “Certain companies (are) puttin’ out second rate product.” The consumer isn’t absolved from guilt either. “People need to stop supportin’ that bullshit… Waiting in line to buy it up when it’s not worth the money they’re spending.”
When I asked what to expect from the next SanctSHOEary event?
“A good time” was the reply.