I was recently told about Laces Out! which is a Sneaker Festival being held at the Camp & Furnace in Liverpool on the 4th of October.
Rather than just posting a picture of the pretty sweet flyer, I thought I'd take the liberty to ask the organizers a couple of questions...
Why did you decide to organise Laces Out!
We made ‘Laces Out!’ to give enthusiasts like ourselves a place to meet up, and buy, sell or trade in a cool environment. Liverpool’s obsession with trainees dates back to the 80’s and we though it was about time the city had a festival to celebrate the culture.
What shoe do you think is synonymous to Liverpool?
It probably depends on what era we’re talking about, but for me it would have to be the Adidas Gazzelle.
What have been your Top 5 releases from the past year?
Ubiq x Asics Gel Lyte V “Midnight Bloom”
Jcrew x New Balance 998 “Concrete Jungle”
Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte V “Cove”
Adidas ZX FLUX 8000 Weave OG “Aqua”
Packer x Adidas EQT Running support 93 “Micropacer”
What was your footwear rotation over summer?
Adidas Stan Smith, Nike Flyknit Racer, Nike Flyknit Lunar, Nike Free Inneva Woven NRG.
Where do you like buying shoes from; online/offline, independents/partners, ebay?
I buy from all different platforms. I love independent retailers like Ran Shop, and the old Transalpino in Liverpool, you get a nice variety of styles and brands that you wont find in the big chains.
I do like to get a good mix of new and old releases, and the internet is great for that. Ebay is has served me well over the years, and now social media is becoming a great tool for people who are into their trabs. I follow hundreds of different Twitter and Instagram accounts dedicated to selling trainers, and you can find some gems that way.
What do you think of customisation services that brands offer, like NIKEiD/miadidas?
I think the concept is good, I always wanted to design my own trainers and this gives people a chance to have a go. I also like the idea of wearing a 1of 1 pair of trainers, and customizing makes that possible. That said, I wouldn’t like to see the brands offering out too many styles to customize, I think the classics should be left alone. I’m also not a fan of people being able to print any image they want on their shoe, there’s no creativity there. Like with the MI ZX FLUX, its only a matter of time before people are walking around with pictures of their kids on their trabs and that’s not cool.
What are you expecting to see a lot of on the day?
A lot of adidas.
What shoe would you love to see on display?
I’d love to see the Patta x Parra Nike Air Max 1 “Cherrywood Red” on display, it’s probably my favourite shoe that I don’t own.