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SERIOUS ABOUT SNEAKERS; Hundreds join Liverpool's first festival dedicated to our city's trainer culture.

Byline: HELEN DAVIES ECHO Reporter helenafdavies @

Liverpool | has long been famed for its trainer culture - now hundreds of trainer enthusiasts have gathered for the city's first sneaker festival.

Laces Out took place at Camp and Furnace in the Baltic Triangle yesterday and saw row upon row of rare trabs up for grabs.

Rob May, who organised the event alongside fellow 'sneaker-head' Mike Smith, told the Sunday ECHO: "We made Laces Out to give enthusiasts like ourselves a place to meet up, hang out, and buy or sell trainers in a cool environ ment.

"Liverpool's obsession with trainers dates back to the 80's and we thought it was about time the city had a festival to celebrate the culture."

There were dozens of stalls with hundreds of dif-different trainers for sale and swap as well as street food, a bar and live music.

Mike said: "It's been bril liant.

"There's been a great turnout, we sold 700 tickets in advance and another 200 plus on the door so far.

"We're planning to have three festivals a year from now on, we've got interest from big brands such as Puma and Reebok."

Among the rare sneakers on sale was a pair of PS400 Nike Air Max Lunar trainers designed to mark Neil Armstrong's moon landing.

Stall owner Dominic Hespell said: "There was only 2,000 of them made in the world. The material used to make them is designed to look like the moon."

26-year-old Chris Anders" son from Wallasey was alsoselling his trainers at the event - artistic replicas of SNEAKERS made out of recycled cardboard.

He said: "I first created one of these as part of my graphic design course at university and now I make them for clients as far away as America."

Liverpool business" were well represented at the event with stalls featuring barber Cutthroat Pete, shoe storage firm Krate and Co and clothes shop Weaver's Door.


HANDLE WITH CARE: A | |sneaker fan at yesterday's Laces Out event at Camp and Furnace PICTURES: GARETH JONES

LACES OUT: | |Organisers Mike Smith and Rob May

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2014
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