Like the rest of Pittsburgh's fashion community, the local sneaker scene boasts pockets of activity yet sometimes lacks an epicenter. There's occasional buzz at stores such as Social Status and Sneaker Villa that attract long lines when new styles are released, but there are few chances for enthusiasts to gather to view collections or buy or swap shoes.
Enter the Pittsburgh Sneaker Convention & Pop-Up Shop by Slaam Basketball on Saturday. From 1 to 7 p.m. at the Circuit Center on the South Side, the public is invited to shop and trade sneakers with other attendees. The venue is at Five Hot Metal St., 15203. Although there have been such shows in Pittsburgh before, this one is modeled after events common in larger cities.
"We're trying to see what we can do in Pittsburgh to see if we can catch up to those other cities," says Mike Dean, one of the coordinators.
What separates this event from past shows is that it also will feature a pop-up shop where entrepreneurs from any industry can set up a table and promote their business, from real estate agents to massage therapists. There also will be a star factor; DJ Clark Kent, who's worked with such artists as Mariah Carey and Jay Z, will be on hand to meet and greet guests. In the sneaker world, he's known for his shoe collaborations with Nike.
To make room for new shoes at home, there will be Salvation Army bins at the convention where people can donate their gently used sneakers. The event is expected to attract people from nearby states, including Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.
Admission is $20 at the door. There will be discounts available for children. Information: pittsburghsneakerconvention.com.
Also of note this weekend ...
All That Glimmers charity bridal show is a new event to help brides-to-be find the perfect dress, get hair and makeup tips and meet vendors who can help them plan their ceremonies and receptions all in one day. Organized by Arista Catering and Event Planning, Northern Connection Magazine and A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, it will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Room in the Holy Trinity Center, 985 Providence Blvd., McCandless (15237), at the corner of Babcock Boulevard and Cumberland Road. There will be a fashion gallery featuring gowns and tuxedos and more than 50 wedding professionals. Guests also will receive gift bags filled with vender coupons and other goodies. A raffle will be held with money benefitting the Glimmer of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that supports breast cancer research.
Tickets are $15; $35 for VIP access at www.glimmerbridalevent.com.
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