Get your kicks at Oki Sneaker Con

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Wanna cop some hot kicks? Looking to break into the sneaker scene?

Get ready, Oki Sneaker Con is right around the corner!

Kris Drone, who runs his sneaker shop GetEmKicks in Okinawa and organizes this annual event, believes this year’s festival on June 8 will appeal to a diverse audience.

“This year’s Sneaker Con brings dance music, art and fashion all to one building,” Drone said. “It’s a multi-cultural environment where you have a lot of local nationals and Americans coming together, experiencing and sharing the things that they love and that they are passionate about.”

Oki Sneaker Con is a “buy-sell-trade” event. Many vendors will set up booths and display various kicks clothing for sale. Sneaker exhibits to showcase classics and new models will be displayed. Art, music and live performances will pump up the mood.

Last year, this event drew a crowd of 1,400 and gave away more than $40,000 in prizes, “which is unheard of for a sneaker festival,” the organizer said. The venue saw many happy smiles of sneakerheads.

This year, Drone is looking to step up his game even more.

“So this year, we are pushing more for everything that’s hype. Hype meaning a lot of Alfa Whites, Yeezy, Sean Wotherspoon, as well as Jordan’s,” he said. “Everybody’s fascinated with Jordan. So, we are going to be able to bring that out. We are going to bring some art as well to give out.”

From those who want to be stylish like Kanye West, to sneakerheads who aspire to complete their collections with the most coveted kicks, the event is scheduled to showcase the latest and also the legends of the sneaker scene. Plus, other presentations are also expected to be big.

“We are getting a lot of curators from the States as well as here in Japan to be able to do graffiti art, sneaker art, and give that out,” Drone said. “I don’t want to disclose who, I want to keep it a surprise for the viewers to come.”

Drone stressed that one of the purposes of the event is to share the love of sneakers. That includes not just sneaker fans or street fashion fans, but also others. Even if the brand names don’t ring a bell to you, the organizer said, this will be a fun event to attend. And there will be locals from on and off the island who hope to communicate through the language of sneakers.

“We are pushing to make this a major festival on Okinawa,” he said. “We are recognized globally as a fantastic event that is fun, positive and brings people out to experience what we love.”

Saturday, June 8

General Admission: Noon - 7 p.m. 
VIP Admission: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Venue: Koza Music Town 3rd Floor (GPS Coordinates: N 26.335245, E 127.799462) 
Entry Fee: 
• $60 for VIP Access - Includes Tshirt, Lanyard, early access, 3 VIP Exclusive raffle tickets, 5 regular raffle tickets, and video recognition. Secret Gift included.
• $20 for same day registration (1 raffle ticket included).
• $10 for children 12 years old or younger (1 raffle ticket included).

* For more info, contact GetEmKicks
 (GPS Coordinates:N 26.336273, E 127.799595) at 098-959-3032 or or check out

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