Hundreds of sneaker fanatics swarmed the Javits Middle Saturday looking for to purchase and promote the world’s most coveted kicks.
The seventh annual Sneaker Con NYC kicked off with giant crowds perusing rows and rows of custom-made footwear with value tags upwards of $1,000.
Staten Island sneakerhead Mike Papagni, 32, introduced a pair of his $2,500 handmade Air Yeezy Golden Youngster kicks.
“In a room filled with sneakers, they stick out,” Papagni mentioned as he proudly displayed the footwear’ certificates of authenticity.
“They in all probability made about 1,000. They take 40 hours handy make. I do not wish to promote them. I wish to commerce them for one thing else to place in my assortment.”
Sneaker Con has grown right into a nationwide phenomenon after launching in 2009 inside a 2,000 square-foot Instances Sq. area that solely hosted 600 attendees.
A whopping 40,000 persons are anticipated to go to the touring sneaker conference’s two-day present within the metropolis.
Sneaker house owners lined up Saturday to have their footwear licensed as genuine earlier than the shopping for and promoting kicked off.
Michael Consalvo, 20, introduced near 30 pairs of Nike Air Max 90 Laser NYC customizable sneakers that he was promoting for $400 apiece.
“You have got individuals who are available in right here and convey $10,000 money and wanna spend some cash,” mentioned the Queens man who has 200 pairs of sneakers in his personal assortment.
Rene Garcia, 35, traveled to New York from Chicago to promote components of his eye-popping assortment, together with the Air Jordan “Kobe Bryant” pack.
The 2-sneaker bundle comprises the retro Air Jordans worn by Bryant in the course of the 2002-03 NBA season.
The value-tag — $18,000.
He has a Kobe family and friends pack he’s promoting for $18,000.
“On the finish of the day I am a collector however the whole lot has a value,” Garcia mentioned.
“I used to have 400 pairs of sneakers in my assortment however I’ve downsized to about 40 useful pairs.”
Benjamin Kopel, 18, dipped into his four,800-pair assortment of kicks earlier than making the trek to town from Miami.
“I made my first cash washing vehicles and strolling canines,” mentioned the teenager entrepreneur. “Then I misplaced one of many canines I used to be strolling so I began doing this as my job.”