One of Phoenix's biggest sneaker events, Heated Sole Summit, took place on October 4 at Bourgade Catholic High School.
The fourth Heated Sole Summit event brought sneakerheads from all over the state together for a cause, and to buy, sell, or trade their rare kicks.
"The money goes back to the athletic programs to help some of the students who have trouble affording the equipment or transportation," says Ritesh Khatri, the founder of Heated Sole and athletic trainer/director at the high school. "This year, we're also giving money back to a breast cancer organization, so there's a lot of pink."
Here's our look at five of the coolest sneakers we saw at the event.
5. Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Solar Red"
Count us among the minority that finds the Yeezy "Solar Red" colorway significantly more appealing than "Red October." We're definitely not willing to sell our souls for either, but there's no doubt these were some of the most sought-after kicks at the event. Only a couple of tables had them, and prices were through the roof, but we're willing to bet that someone picked up their grails by grabbing these. For those wondering, we didn't see any Red Octobers while we were there.
4. Adidas x Jeremy Scott "JS Gorilla"
For those who are opposed to Nike and Jordan sneakers, it's tough to beat the unique design of this rare pair of Adidas. We've never worn them, so we can't say how comfortable or practical they are, but if you're looking to make a statement, why not rock some animals on your feet? As an added bonus, think about how happy these would make the Suns mascot.
3. Air Jordan VI Championship Pack "Cigar and Champagne"
We were a little surprised by how similar a lot of the tables full of Jordans looked at Heated Sole. It seemed like everyone had "Grape" Vs, "Powder Blue" IIIs, and "Ferrari" XIVs for sale, but only a few tables had the "Championship Pack" that released earlier this year. We prefer the green "Champagne" colorway to the brown "Cigar" sneakers, and we fully admit the championship ring-style lace lock might be a little over the top, but we'd be lying if we said we wouldn't still pick up either or each of these for the right price.
2. "Marvel Comics" Custom Roshe Run
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There weren't a whole lot of custom sneakers at Heated Sole, but these Profound Product kicks were definitely some of the best. According to Profound Product, every pair that they created features a different combination of Marvel superheroes, but we're cool with that as long as they all look as awesome as these. We've yet to find an original Nike Roshe colorway that we like, but we'd gladly pick up a pair of these heroic customs.
1. "Breaking Bad" Custom Nike SB Dunk High
We almost felt bad asking to take these custom Dunks out of their case at Reshoevn8r's display, but they were simply the best sneaker we saw while at Heated Sole. They might not have been the most expensive kicks at the event, and some people probably completely missed them in the corner by the exit, but both the theme and the execution of the design on these customs made them undoubtedly the coolest thing we saw all day. We're not one to save our sneakers, but these are the type you just put on a pedestal and admire rather than wear.