Here we are! A Global pandemic, England has left Europe and Ireland is finally coming out of lockdown! So, that means one thing. We can finally get back to our lives being somewhat normal again.
Over the course of less than 2 years, we’ve seen a rise in streetwear culture in Ireland. It’s as if nobody had anything to do ( which they didn’t ) but see what’s going on in the world besides the pandemic. Sneakers and fashion has come to the forefront of Irish people who seek to sport the Hip-Hop / Rap / Skateboarding and Streetwear culture.
Let’s go down memory lane and see how we are here today. The Uk streetwear/sneaker scene took off with Crepecity around 2010, Ireland soon followed suit a few years later with small amounts of interest from the new kids on the block creating a subculture in Dublin with Dub City Kicks. The small event didn’t last long on its legs but it brought more people together to enjoy and share common interests within the community.
Now, this brings us to our Irish Stalwart OGs who had lived in a world through to themselves with collecting massive amounts of unique kicks that were popular in the early 90/00s. The older generation has seen the common interest via social media with this slow-growing community that had been reaching out on Facebooks Sneakerhead Ireland Forum, which has united everyone together.
Fast forward a few years on and the new upstarts, the now well known Coffee & Kicks injected themselves right into a growing community by setting up their meet and greet events in the heart of Dublin. Coffee & Kicks co-founded by Phil and James found the love within the mass of people who regularly met up at the local events held at the coffee angel on Trinity St. With such a focal point for sneakerheads it brought together the community more from all walks of life in Ireland. The passion and love from both parties had combined and set up another form of interest in the community and presented Tint. Tint came in the form of streetwear passion with Irish brands under one umbrella, Emporium. Robbie and co-held a selling pop up event with Phil and James successfully that has driven more interest into the community.
As time moves, events such as above with branded entities slowly move on and stabilise their growth and prosper. This leads us right into, is the Irish Streetwear scene catching up?!
2018 and the birth of true reselling began on the Irish isle! A young enthusiast, Darragh who owns Street Connect Irl has been the focal point of what reselling has come to today! He laid the foundations for others to pursue the life of reselling, which does pay off. Darragh has amassed a following of 25k on Instagram and has become a personal shopper for many, proving with hard work a career can be cemented in this life. As the question goes?! Why wouldn’t any young opportunist peruse this life of owning their own business at a young age?
So, it’s now 2021 and The world is changing drastically, fast and maybe for the better? From the beginning, no one was leaving their homes during this pandemic. So, the reselling community took the opportunity to take over. Rightly so? Who’s to say they can’t? The chance was there and they took it! During these tough times of sneaker drops or even at best supreme drops, ( Yes supreme is still highly sought after!!) If you don’t bot or have multiple accounts, your chances are very slim these days, unfortunately. Those notorious resellers are known for their tough hustle and drive prices high. But to be fair the Irish lot seem to settle prices a little bit better than European sellers. Their Deals are quick, instant and very reliable within the Irish resellers, who are fighting tooth and nail to acclaim to be the big dog. Now, this brings us right back to the heading…
Has the Irish Streetwear Scene caught up?! For me, I believe so, as Limp Biscuit would say, take a look around! The dress sense, the sneakers and the lifestyles are all varied right now. To the point of seeing young teenagers back in the goth scene but less deathifying. Thanks, Billie Eilish.
This takes everything to a new level with a big shift across the globe, especially in the mental health aspect. Once frowned upon for being weird or different is now becoming the social NORM, even to the point of the Irish people ditching the moniker (what often iv heard in Europe is the Irish look! Hey at least they had their recognisable look, for better or worse ) and elevating themselves into the global streetwear scene. By this new normal, the growing community is coming together with common interests.
So, do we believe it’s time for Ireland to make its move to founding a selling event such as a sneakercon, sneakerness or crepecity? We have sellers knocking about in each region that has amassed big followings in their reselling businesses. This begs to answer the question in tow. Who’s going to pull the reigns? As most would hope, what lies in the community for an event of this capacity would it introduce more of Irelands members into the Streetwear scene and launch it to the next level? And this brings us to the Sneakerheads / Streetwear fanatics who are well aware of the ups and downs of copping in this culture with some real frustrations in getting the big fat L and for those who find everything else SoldOut in an instant!
But, Who then to resort to? The Resellers, of course, it’s the bridge between the community and brands. It’s easy access for many and to get what they want. May it be bad or good and you might have paid over the retail price but you are a happy person knowing you’ve got what you wanted regarding the price in the end!!
For Ireland, once known for its laughable tagline ‘ we are always 5 years behind ‘ is without doubt slowly dissolving and keeping up with current trends, so a selling event doesn’t seem so far away just yet for the Irish public does it?
So, What do you think? We’re calling on you. Shoppers, Sneakerheads, Sellers and Collectors to be apart of a show that’s coming.
Are you ready? Because you better be!!
Keep your eyes lock here at sneakeire for further information soon…
Below we have a few photos of Limericks Og drip culture with his set up at the new Wickham way market in Limerick on its first weekend of opening alongside some on foots spotted.
Let’s hope this is the start of what’s to come for the future of sneaker selling in Ireland.