Pensacola Sneaker Party is back to buy, sell, and trade shoes

Pensacola Sneaker Party is back to buy, sell, and trade shoes

Joseph Crockett was tired of breaking his back as a construction worker, so he followed his passion. After taking business classes at Pensacola State College, he opened up his own shoe reselling business with a brick-and-mortar location.

The shoe business isn’t easy, but he and other vendors have found a new foot in the door to sell and connect with other entrepreneurs and sneakerheads at the Sneaker Party, which will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Booker T. Washington High School, 6000 College Parkway.

Sneaker Party was created by three friends: Brandon Capehart, D’Andre Toler and Dalonté Gibson. They grew up playing basketball together, and after graduating high school, they got into selling clothes. Eventually, Toler wanted to expand and created a sneaker convention for sneakerheads and others to come and enjoy themselves.

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Joseph Crockett has been reselling shoes since 2020 and thinks Sneaker Party could turn into the Panhandle's premiere sneaker convention.

“Sneaker Party is a platform to help up-and-coming entrepreneurs collaborate together in an intriguing atmosphere where they can build together,” Toler said. “That is why Pensacola needs the Sneaker Party.”

And the event will have plenty of shoes on sale for sneaker aficionados. 

The first event was held in February 2021 at the Town & Country Plaza shopping center on North Pace Boulevard. It brought out about 500 people and 40 vendors, including high school and college students and military members. Since then, the quarterly event has grown with every convention. 

The event is a pathway for vendors like Crockett, who always loved shoes and wanted to get into the reselling business. Crockett began selling shoes out of the trunk of his car in 2020 under the name Medicated Kicks. 

Crockett eventually found a business partner and four months ago opened up a sneaker and streetwear store called D3eadstocksolez in Foley, Alabama.

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