SneakerPimps @ Irving Plaza
The temperature on 11/11/11 had reached 35 degrees by 8:00, but this still didn’t deter hundreds of sneaker aficionados from lining up in front of New York’s own Irving Plaza. Sneakerpimps, one of the sneakerhead community’s biggest events due to their always spectacular music guests, was on the verge of beginning and it seemed not even the near freezing cold would stop anyone from getting inside. The line that extended the length of the block—that even spilled into the street—was littered with all types of sneakers. Common. Rare. Samples. Legends. And even some unheard ofs. However tonight the elitist nature of sneakerheads was quieted as everyone had come to see all the great performers including Kris Kasanova and surprise appearances from Jim Jones, Waka Flocka and A$AP Rocky. But it was the headliner that everyone was most excited about. Kendrick Lamar.
Doors opened and ticket holders poured inside. If it wasn’t for the racks of exclusive sneakers on display it was definitely for the heat. People made their way up the stairs, speed walking, as to be the first to reach the stage without scuffing their kicks. The room was soon filled and made it almost impossible to navigate. Brightly colored lights flurried atop the massive crowd. House lights dimmed. Voices hushed. The show was about to begin.