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Sneaker Exit, one of the biggest sneaker events, is in West Palm Beach

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Shoppers looking to buy, sell, trade, or catch up on sneaker trends — high tops, sneakers, sneakers, pumps, sneakers for connoisseurs — are expected at The Sneaker Exit on Sunday in West Palm Beach.

“Star Wars, Spider Man, Yellow Submarine – you can’t find sneakers with these designs in regular shoe stores. There’s a uniqueness to these shows that’s exciting,” said Keith Davis, a West attorney. Palm Beach known for its collection of kaleidoscopic sneakers and bow ties.

A fan sitting courtside during the Dec. 23 game between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans sports a pair of Off-White Air Jordan 1 Nike shoes.

Davis, 55, plans to attend the Palm Beach County Convention Center show. The owner of at least three dozen pairs of designer sneakers is the general counsel for seven communities in Palm Beach County, including Royal Palm Beach, Manalapan and Tequesta.

“When I show up at town meetings without my sneakers, everyone asks me. I created a monster,” said Davis, whose favorite sneaker is Vans.

Get your kicks and more in the Sneaker Exit 2022 event

Some of the sneakers on display at a recent trade show in Charlotte, North Carolina

Not only can customers buy sneakers at Sunday’s event, but they can also trade and sell.

“The sneaker business is booming. Value sneaker buyers can expect a 20% to 30% increase in the value of sneakers that are in vogue within a few years,” said Tamara Carson, head of partnership with the Atlanta-based company, created there. six years ago.

Athletic shoe enthusiasts – known as “sneakerheads” – helped the US sneaker industry raise an estimated $70 billion in 2020. The industry is expected to reach $102 billion by 2025.

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Nationwide sales have been strong in recent years, according to consumer research groups such as NPD Group, based in Port Washington, New York, and Statista, an international research firm. and market.

Why this sneaker event is so popular

Sunday’s show, the fifth hosted by The Sneaker Exit in West Palm Beach, is expected to attract between 800 and 1,500 people. Masks are compulsory for all participants. The Atlanta-based company held 17 shows nationwide last year. They expect to do about 22 shows this year, Carson said.

“There is a huge hyper growth. Manufacturers only produce a limited number of sneakers. People are willing to pay a high price,” Carson said.

The Jordan 11 Retro 2000 Columbia was on display at a recent trade show in Charlotte, NC. The Columbia 11 was Michael Jordan's All-Star Game shoe in 1996.

As COVID increased the number of Americans working from home, sneaker sales skyrocketed. Sales of hiking and walking shoes, as well as sales of sneakers, increased nearly 50% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to Statista.

Sneaker bosses aren’t just teenagers, musicians, designers and shoe entrepreneurs, Carson said.

“Sneakers are more popular with everyone. Business people like to wear them with blazers,” Carson said.

Sneaker Exit 2022 in West Palm Beach

If you are going to:

  • What: The Sneaker Exit, a sneaker fair
  • When: Sunday 16 Jan, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Or: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
  • Cost: Tickets online or at the door are $20. Children 8 and under are free. VIP tickets are $50.
  • Details: Go to thesneakerexit.com.
  • COVID rules: Masks are mandatory during the event. Officials will regularly disinfect high-touch areas. Stand-alone disinfection stations will remain near all facility entry and exit points, food service areas and employee entrances.
Rapper and record producer DJ Khaled, a well-known sneaker head, enters the court at Hard Rock Stadium ahead of Super Bowl LIV in February 2020.

Celebrity Sneaker Heads:

DJ Khalid:

The American disc jockey and record producer owns thousands of pairs of sneakers, one of the largest collections in the world. A custom shoemaker from Los Angeles made a pair for Khaled with 18k gold accents that bear his badge.

Teyana Taylor:

The singer/songwriter/actress has a huge “unique collection” of sneakers and has collaborated with Reebok and Adidas.

Missy Elliot:

The rapper and record producer is a collector of retros. Her favorite is the Versace Chain Reaction, which she says has every color, according to her website.

Mark Wahlberg:

The Boston actor also collaborated with NBA great Michael Jordan on a pair of Air Jordan 4s for his burger chain, Wahlburgers.

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Ye (Kanye West):

The artist/rapper/entrepreneur formerly known as Kanye West presented Adidas Yeezy, a fashion collaboration between German sportswear company Adidas. High-end sneakers are known for their colorful designs.