In The Sandlot, it was a pair of black PF Flyers designed to “make a kid run faster and jump higher,” especially when being chased by a beastly English mastiff. On Entourage, Turtle wanted a limited-edition pair of Nike Fukijama Air Force 1s. And in Like Mike, an orphan played by Lil Bow Wow finds a pair of crusty kicks that once belonged to Michael Jordan and instantaneously amp one’s hoop game. Clearly, Americans are obsessed with shoes — increasingly so over the past several years, as sneakers, like sports memorabilia and first-edition comic books, have become progressively more popular among collectors. And just like their Comic-Con counterparts, sneaker freaks are turning out in droves for footwear and clothing conventions such as SoleFest, a show for buying, selling, and trading sneakers and apparel, going down at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach) this Saturday beginning at noon. In early May, Sole Collector profiled sneaker enthusiast and Chicago Bulls star Nate Robinson. The five-foot-nine guard admitted he’s been a Nike fan his whole life. “I just told my agent, ‘Man, it’s nothing but Nike for me. Nike or Jordan. Anything else, I don’t want to wear it,’ he said. “In a sense, that’s stubborn, but I’m not all about the money, and I just wanted to be comfortable.” Robinson will be happy to hear that SoleFest is auctioning off a pair of Nike LeBron Corks. Not only are the kicks stylish and comfortable, but they also pretty much guarantee advancing past the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Sat., June 8, 12-5 p.m., 2013
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