sole9I’m not a kicks aficionado and realistically, unlikely to ever go to Dubai, but these images by  artist and photographer Hassan Hajjaj were just too striking not to share.
However, if you are into your trainers there seems to be some interesting events going on. Sole DXB, a two-day festival launched in 2010, returns 20th and 21st November at d3, offering up a dose of street culture, cut with a somewhat rakish Middle Eastern flair.
sole2Having begun life sneaker-focused, Sole DXB has grown into so much more – a melting pot of cultures, passions, styles and logos. The event once again opens its doors to some of the biggest figures from across street industries, including sneakers, hip-hop, basketball and art. Over the two days a series of globally never seen-before-product is set to be unveiled from a score of participating brands such as adidas Originals, Puma Select, and Reebok Classics.

Sole DXB’s own ‘Early Retirement’ pop-up will be on display, selling exclusive collabs with the likes of Puma, Filling Pieces, and New Era. The event Swap & Sale will offer people the opportunity to source a ‘grail’ with fifteen hand-picked regionally-based collectors showcasing their wears.

sole6Music is provided in the shape of with four live headline acts and a host of international and local DJs on rotation. Basketball too plays a key part in the proceedings in the shape of The Sole Ball Above All Classic, an open winner-takes-all tournament made up of 12 teams from the region.

sole7Lisa Leone, renowned sub-cultural photographer, will be shooting live at the event, with the support of Cadillac and Bloomingdales.

Sole1Finally, there will be a series of talks covering every facet of street culture – from historical to abstract, subversive to specialist, including conversations with music maven Bobbito Garcia.

Sole DXB
20th – 21st November 2015
d3 (Dubai Design District)
United Arab Emirates

Photographs © Hasan Hajjaj

Words by Anna Bang



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