Coffee & Kicks rolled in to Dublin last weekend bringing with it the excitement for the highly anticipated Air Max 1 ‘Parra’ drop. A few lucky people managed to cop pairs from Nowhere ( Ireland’s only boutique store / Nike Lab ) that morning and one was kind and generous enough to have them on display for us all envious onlookers to drool over.
There was more to the event than just one pair though. On display was some of the Off White collection, such as Jordan 1 Chicago, University North Carolina (UNC) and one of our favourites the Air Max 90. Even a signed pair of Off White Blazers by the streetwear designer, Heron Preston. We were graced with the bright suede Jordan 4 ‘Cactus Jacks’, Nike’s revolutionary Hyperadapts 1.0 and for SB fans, The Northern Lights, Thomas Campbell, Waffles and Kevin Bradley recent scuff proof pair. Not to forget the Japanese release only Magicstick X Nikelab AF1.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Yeezy’s on show. The 700 Wave Runners , 500 Utility Black and the 350 Butters were here for us all to see. Of course we’re all waiting and hoping to get our hands on Kanye’s next drop, but for now, all here can appreciate just being able to see them in person. Careful not to stand to close thought, they’re straight fire.
With so many new pairs on show, it would be easy to forget about what’s come before. However, one pair display ensures that doesn’t happen. A big hit from latter half of last year, Ronnie Fieg’s ‘Aspen’ Ultra Boost stands out among the crowd, reminding everyone just why it remains such a popular shoe.
With such a display, you’d be forgiven from thinking that the on foot would be weak in comparison, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Attendees were packing some serious heat from across different era’s of time with likes of Cool Grey and Military OG Jordan 4, Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Beasts, Nike SB ‘Dunkle’ collaboration with hip-hop artist Unkle. Even the more recent hits like the Off Whites Vapormax, Air Max 97, Converse and a wild Jeremy Scott x Adidas, which had wings by the way.
The community maybe small right now, but its thriving. The aim of this event is simply to bring together a group of people for nothing more than the love of the culture.
Of Course this wouldn’t be possible without the great personalities that organised the whole thing. Phil and James are the forefront of this movement, and while it may not have the same status as events like Sneakerness, it does have a group of passionate people, who want nothing more than to share their love of sneakers with like-minded people.
What’s next? This September, C&K will co-host an event with Emporium in order to provide a platform for budding clothing brands to show off their product to a wider audience with Youtube’s Soul Doubt who will be adding to the event also with coverage and releasing a new issue.
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