September 27, 2011 BY John Kim / 13
Sneaker showcases like the Afew Vintage Gallery don’t come around very often. If you’ve been to a major sneaker event like Sneaker Con, chances are you’ve been impressed with massive Air Jordan and Nike SB Dunk collections, but a mass gathering of vintage originals is a rare treat that is likely a near-extinct event here in the U.S., where the sneaker game is dictated by new releases and re-issued classics. As you may be well aware of by the now, the footwear scene overseas is not what you might be used to; it’s heavy on classic runners from the early-1980’s to mid-1990’s from a wide array of brands like Nike, Asics, Reebok, adidas, and a few more that some of you may never have heard of.
This past weekend, the Afew Vintage Gallery showcased some of the greatest running sneakers from that era – one that some may argue is the greatest of all-time. Lining the walls are original running models that may either look familiar to you or look too plain – it’s likely you overlooked them back then when a handful of brands were pumping out some real quality goods. We’ll just throw a few names out there: Nike Air Skylon 2, Asics Gel 120, Nike Air Tech Challenge Huarache. Ring a bell? The Afew Vintage Gallery is about as close shoe porn there is, so sit back, dim the lights, and enjoy viewing some of the sickest sneakers to have ever graced the planet. Thanks to EuKicks for the pictures.