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Capsul Collective works only with clothes and accessories but plans to add sneakers to the list. If you doubt their optimism, take a look at the list of sneakerhead events in India. Sneaker Pimps has toured the world over 14 times, produced more than shows in over 63 cities, says its website.
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In organised the first edition of street and sneaker culture lifestyle festival, HG Street, the same month. Sneaker makers have also noticed the enthusiasm. Companies like Adidas, Nike, Puma and Vans are bringing their limited edition range to India now, though enthusiasts say not enough is coming.
The shoes get sold out in two hours. Asics — known for its performance sportswear — started with a showroom for its fashion sneaker brand Onitsuka Tiger in Mumbai in Septemberopened one in Chandigarh the same year and followed with a showroom in Delhi in July Asics India was perhaps wrong in gauging the mood for sneaker demand, says Rajat Khurana, managing director.
The response has been unprecedented. What works is the favourable demographics. Sneakerhead culture might be on the rise but premium sneakers do not bring in huge sales, says Debosmita Majumder, marketing head of Puma India.
For her, the sneaker culture is a sleeping giant. But there has been an adoption of sneakers of late. Brands also get visibility when Bollywood celebrities use a pair of shoes. It aims to promote the zeitgeist surrounding sneakers. Another premium sneakers store, Superkicks, was opened in Mumbai.
Then there is Sprynt in Bengaluru. Despite the differences, the sneaker culture binds them.
Managing differences in taste is not an issue, the real challenge is understanding the Indian market, says Abhineet Singh. One of the other challenges regarding price are the import duties the brands have to pay, which make some sneakers in India more expensive than in the rest of the world. It was sold out in a day.
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Made sure it was kosher. Yelitza Graterol Here with: Janine Slachmuylder Here with: I thought it was a rougher group of people, maybe a little more aggressive, but everybody seems to be in it for the same reason. Just for the love of the sneaker, which is really nice to see. Michele Brown Here with: Dana Tucker Here with: Kara Shoulin Here with: My son traded a pair of shoes.
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Sherrie Young Here with: Denise Falbowski Here with: I take one lap around, check it out, and text constantly. Donna Delieto Here with: That was his number one hobby.
It was something new for me, so I took an interest in it—learning the different names, the different styles, the prices, the stories behind them. I took an interest in it as well. Gwen Khan, with son Justin First impressions on sneaker culture… Gwen: But you can tell a lot of them are nerds.
And what I find very fascinating is that you have parents who are with their kids supporting it. Start out high and then work your way low. This is the Super Bowl. But I still think we had a good time, which is important. How did your kids get into sneakers? It was one of the retro Jordans. He took my advice. It honors his dad. He bought those [LeBron] basketball sneakers.
Since that moment, forget about it. Every week we had to spend money on sneakers. Every time a new one comes out Denise: Do I remember the moment when I knew I was in trouble with this? It started with socks. What were those things called? Oh my gosh, we must have 50 pairs of those. Yelitza Graterol On the business of being a sneakerhead… Donna: I was just telling him he needs to open his own sneaker business.
Everybody else seems to be. Personally, I get it. I get the collectable aspect of it. A lot below retail. He wanted a new computer for school. Both have been not successful and successful. I think he learns entrepreneurial skills. All this stuff I think is very useful.