Shoe lovers camp out for new Kanye sneakers

Shoe enthusiasts have been camping on the streets of Stockholm in the hopes of snagging a limited edition pair of American rapper megastar Kanye West’s new line of sneakers.

Shoe lovers camp out for new Kanye sneakers

The “Kanye West Air Jeezy 2”, will be released at 2pm on Saturday at Sneakersnstuff, a shoe store in Södermalm, with each pair boasting a 2,599 kronor ($363) price tag.

Max and Patrick, who flew into Stockholm from Hamburg specifically for the event, are thrilled at the opportunity.

“This is the only shop we know of in Europe that’s selling the shoes in both colours – we’ve been camping here for two days,” they told The Local.

“While the Swedish sneaker scene is nowhere near as big as it is in Germany, we made the most of the chance to grab Kanye’s newest design here in Stockholm.”

Others have not been so lucky.

Arvid Landquist, an 18-year-old Stockholmer, was 26th in line and will miss out on the chance to take home a pair of the highly prized shoes by one place.

“I’m furious. The guy who was at number 17 went away for too long, he should be kicked out of the line. They only have room for 25 people. Now I am going to miss out, this is ridiculous,” he told The Local.

The store is only selling 50 pairs of shoes, and every customer has the right to buy two pairs.

According to a statement from the shoe store, there are only 3,000 pairs of the shoe available in the world, and some eBay sellers have already listed them for $4,000.

Meanwhile, store owners in at Sneakersnstuff are ecstatic about the interest in the shoes.

“We’ve been here for 13 years and this is the absolute coolest thing we’ve been in on. There’s not been such a big hype about a shoe for several years,” said store worker Olof Törnqvist to daily Aftonbladet.

“Some people collect stamps, while others like shoes. The fact that Kanye West is involved adds to it all too, of course.”

For 25-year-old Max from Hamburg, the chance to take home a pair of Jeezys will make the ultimate addition to his impressive collection.

“Yes, I guess you could call it an obsession. I’ve been collecting shoes since I got my first pair of skate shoes at the age of 12. I’ve sold a whole bunch of them, but I guess I own around 150 pairs now,” he said.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).