H-Town Sneaker Summit Founder BRYAN ANGELLE and business partner ADRIAN SANCHEZ are, for lack of a better word, sneakerheads. “You’ve heard of the old lady with cats? I’m the old man with sneakers,” laughs Angelle.
Each has lost count of the number of pairs that they own, but estimate it’s probably “in the thousands.” And in December 2016, they brought that love of sneaker culture to 3814 South Shepherd in Montrose.
Let’s back up: The Sneaker Summit, the world’s original sneaker community event, was established by the pair in July 2004, attracting sneaker enthusiasts from all walks of life who gathered to buy and sell rare, limited-edition and fashionable clothing and accessories in a large party atmosphere. From its beginnings in local Houston sports bars, to being the first-ever sneaker and fashion event to be held at the Toyota Center, to a move to an 80,000sf exhibit hall at NRG Park in 2012 attracting tens of thousands of people, the Summit has consistently reached new heights. And now they’ve got a permanent storefront for year-round sneaker mania.
Searching for Adidas Yeezy Boosts ($800–$1,250)? BAPE? Adidas Originals? Reebok Classics? Crep Project? A color-specific Nike Air Max 95 or Air Jordan 11? You can find all these and more on the store’s shelves, as well as limited-edition clothing from Yeezy, Kenzo X H&M, Antisocial Social Club X UNDFTD Paranoid, and more…as it emerges. There’s always something new, and always something dropping, at Sneaker Summit Storefront. “It’s a fun, safe place to buy, sell, trade, browse and just talk sneakers,” says Angelle, a former electrical designer.
There are also special appearances and in-store musical performances. You can always check their site at www.sneakersummit.com for the latest store and community news. Recent blog entries covered the BAPE 2017 Spring/Summer Lookbook and the announcement of the Adidas Consortium X UNDFTD X Colette special limited-edition collection.
And if you’re feeling lucky, five dollars lets you play the Keymaster, an arcade game where you can try to unlock a free pair of Yeezys. They’re averaging about one winner a week. Maybe it’s time for you to sneak in.