Close look at sneaker culture across the Middle East
Najmudeen Nathan Strawn
Sole ME. Welcome to the cradle of sneakerhead enthusiasts and style purveyors, eagerly waiting to step out of the shadows of towering skylines, trekking through the mountainous dunes of desert tradition to emerge in this book as the Middle East’s Sole Collectors.
Hidden and scattered throughout the cities and suburbs of the UAE and just beyond, we have discovered the lone or as we say, sole collectors. By collectors you’ll see we mean individuals that can compete on a global scale with the hunger and holy grails of any other sneakerhead; from OG J’s to the rare and obscure, we have’em. While ‘line-ups’ and ‘camping out’ doesn’t exist (because the stores here don’t carry what we want) our collectors “whatever it takes” mentality, means making global connects, spending triple, scouring the net, or just traveling abroad to get that temporary fix until the next heat drop.
In this issue of Sole ME, our first, we’ve gone from the traditional neighborhoods of Deira, the beach streets of Jumeirah, to the sand ridden burbs of Al Barsha…and even further throughout the region to bring you those standing taller than the Burj Khalifa and jumping over sinister sandpits in their favorite kicks – our Sole ME Sneakerheads.
We’ve got Sole…