The “Cleveland’s Got Sole” event returned this year after a successful 2009 debut. The meeting took place Saturday, April 10th from 12pm to 5pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Beachwood, Ohio, bringing 525 sneaker enthusiasts and collectors together to peruse many rarities and one-off samples, including LeBrons, Air Jordans and Kobes. In addition, the summit raised $5,018 for The LeBron James Family Foundation – an organization with an all-encompassing approach towards benefiting children and single-parent households. Zach Gallagher attended the event on behalf of Counter Kicks. Continue reading for Zach Gallagher’s recap and detailed images of the “Cleveland’s Got Sole II” event.
Zach’s recap, with images:
The event was amazing! I own lots of great, rare shoes you don’t see everyday and it never fails; I start setting up my tables and I see some of the biggest collectors from across the country pulling out shoes even I haven’t seen before, even online. And I’ve seen a lot.
To me, the shoes that stole the show this year were a pair of White/Crimson-Gold Nike Air Zoom Generation samples. They kind of look like an early sample of the “1st Game” Air Zoom Generations. The “Stewie Griffin” LeBron VI’s were a huge hit at my table; it seemed like every 10 minutes someone would ask me if I painted them myself. People were pretty amazed that those were Nike-made samples, not personally customized.
This was a Cleveland event, so from general releases to look-see samples to weartest samples the LeBron line was represented well. Unfortunately, I left an entire box of LeBron samples at home so some of my rarest stuff never made it to the event. Oh well, even more to show next time.
Overall, everyone had a great time. I got to meet a ton of great people and finally got to put some faces to user names from NT and SC. I don’t think anyone walked out of the event without a smile, a camera full of pics, and some great raffle prizes or kicks they’d bought from the various collectors and vendors.
Images via Zach Gallagher