Monday, 8 September 2014

Oslo, Sneaker Fest Blå

In the morning we discussed what we wanted to do that very day and noticed immediately it was Saturday. Markets tend to be held on Saturday so we simply googled "Oslo markets" to see what we would find. There were two or three options; a farmers market, and antique market and a "sneaker fest" market. We are on a tight budget so we canceled the first one out and went for the last two.

The antique market was close by to where we are staying so we planned to walk down and visit there first and afterwards head on to the Sneaker Fest. Alas, the market was not were we thought it would be. The green park was empty, so it was adieu to the antique market idea and straight on to some sneaker fun. We caught the tram to Blå, where we were yesterday.

Today Blå was full to the brim with people all sort of people, unlike its ghostly town feeling it had yesterday. There were tourists like ourselves, families with children enjoying the fun and you could spot the trainer fanatics a mile of.

The empty bar was now filled with tables covered in trainers; not just those you can get in the shops but also personalised and limited editions. Our favourite pair would have to be the "Back To The Future II" trainers, an identical replacer of the trainer Marty McFly wore in, what 1989 expected to be the style of 2010. Watch the clip down below to remind yourself of the scene in the film!

There were also racks with t-shirts and hoodies and tables with snapbacks and caps. It was great to see local designers as well as the dominant Nike. The collection of caps you see above are from a young Norwegian duo together known as Rubble Company. I thought the unique designs of the caps were very eye-catching and would not have minded taking one home with me!

To my liking, there was quite a bit of art there as well as trainers. Paintings and drawing were hung up on walls ready to be bought by an eager art dealer and live street art was being created in front of our eyes. Not only paintings that you could hang up on your wall, but also live tattoo art was happening. I did not want to take a picture because the person had no top on and I would not be too happy if someone snapped me with no top on!

It was an experience I will take away with me and remember. Within each conversations that the different pair of trainers created, you could see the personal attachment and love towards them. As a art and fashion driven person, it was wonderful to see so much enthusiasm for these two great aspects of life put together for people to enjoy.

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