Laces Out Festival at Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace

Posted on 23 September 2015
By Liam Bulloch
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This past week marked the third sneaker bonanza that is Laces Out, at Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace.

For anyone who marvels in this joyous celebration, much like I do, the event is a sight to behold. There are racks upon racks of trainers for you to buy, trade or simply gawk at, all while sipping on a frosty pint and ogling like a Siamese Cat around a milkman. The venue is supreme and fit for a festival of its kind.

Its rooms are spread out and decorated, floor to ceiling, with clothing, artwork and some of the finest footwear to boot.

There’s an element of pride from the attendees in the pair they’ve opted to wear for the day. Whether it be vintage Jordan’s or limited edition Asics, you can sense the swagger inside this hedonistic showcase of footwear nirvana.

For this event, the festival celebrated in style with exclusives from Diadora and an Adidas ‘Spezial’ screening that featured the Liverpool influenced Adidas ‘Kirkdale’, seen below.

As well as all the above, the event also included DJ sets from Liverpool’s No Fakin’, Pooky and Mighty Mojo. Pooky was one of many that opted to use the festival as an opportunity to sell off some of his most prized assets. “I just sold a pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1’s for £900!” Further proof that the reselling business is at an all time high.

Pooky said “I had a stand at last years and also DJ’d. Robbie May, one of the organisers asked me again and because he’s such a top fella I was very happy to. I’ve been collecting sneakers since 1987 but it really took off when I started work at the now infamous trainer emporium, Wade Smith in 1989.”

When asked to pick a stand out favourite, Pooky was torn “There’s so many! But I’m currently loving the last pair I bought, some pastel green suede Reeboks. At the other end of the scale, my Nike AF1 Ueno which after years of searching, I managed to grab last year”

The event continues to thrive and for us Northerners it’s the finest place around to strut your tootsie’s like you’re bigger than Prince.