Sneaker enthusiasts and collectors, grab your calendars now and save the date for Kixpo 2011. The sneaker and streetwear expo is back for its fifth year, and it's moving on up to Cowboys Stadium on July 2. Last year's event was held at Lofty Spaces near South Side on Lamar, so the move means more space for shoes and for shoppers.
If you're a sneaker fanatic who collects rare, vintage or just plain stylish footwear, this is your chance to metaphorically drool over thousands of sneakers. Of course, if you literally drool anywhere near the shoes you'll probably get kicked out of Kixpo, so keep your distance from the limited edition Nike Air Force Ones.
Organized by Dead Stock, a group of local sneaker enthusiasts, Kixpo isn't a typical warehouse sale where you snag a pair of True Religion jeans that fell off the back of a truck. Kixpo is a chance for local sneaker retailers and underground designers to showcase their fashionable footwear to sneakerheads, those obsessed with cool or collectible kicks.
You're going to need a loan from the bank if you're shopping for rare sneakers. At last year's expo, a pair of suede Prada sneakers went for $3000, and a pair of Nike Air Jordans adorned with Anaconda skin was priced at $7500. If your heart's set on those Prada shoes and you're low on cash, there's another alternative. You can trade or sell the sneakers sitting in your closet right now at Kixpo, but please throw in some new shoe inserts.
The expo will also feature live music, special guests and giveaways. Visit kixpo.com for more information and to purchase tickets. General admission is $15 and includes a tour of Cowboys Stadium.