Are you a sneakerhead or a person who passionately collects, trades and admires sneakers as a hobby? Do you like sporting the latest collectible pair of kicks? Does your heart go a-thump-thump when you see an ad for a very hard-to-find pair?
I have great news for you.
Apparently, there’s no need for you to go to Manila or order online for that elusive pair of special sneakers anymore.
Here in Mindanao, and in Cagayan de Oro specifically, you can now head to a store where exclusive designs and major global brands are available.
Earlier this week, I was invited to the grand opening of Sneakpeek, a multi-brand lifestyle store that houses some of the most highly sought-after major global footwear brands. It was also a special “unlock” day because Sneakpeek unveiled the Puma Blaze of Glory Camping. That pair of kicks really is an eye catcher – it has an earthy colorway and a lasered mesh.
Catchy beats welcomed me at the store – courtesy of cool DJ siblings and my friends RB and Kyle Banaag. I spotted Primer Group’s Norj Bihag and Neil Fernandez. Primer Group Area Operations Chief Edgar Rabino introduced me to Sneakpeek’s Marketing Manager Aldwin Gepilano, who explained that they want to be the premium store where sneaker aficionados can explore latest and limited edition releases – way before everyone else can get a hold of them. Aldwin said that Sneakpeek also highlights products that are results of collaborations with international artists as well as those made by quality local manufacturers. He added that the store aims to combine music, arts, design – a fun mix that result in a cool, laidback lifestyle.
Fellow media practitioners and bloggers were also there – all very excited to check out the latest collections. Among the brands that Sneakpeek carries include Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Asics Tiger, Puma, Saucony, Brixton and many more.
Aside from sneakers, Sneakpeek also has t-shirts, soft and colorful socks and other accessories. I even spotted a cool “weekender pack.” It’s a backpack that easily fits 2 pairs of high top or low top sneakers, 2 watches, a laptop, iPads and/or tablets, caps and a weekend’s worth of clothes and toiletries. Pretty cool.
Sneakpeek is located at 2F Centrio Mall, CDO.
Go visit. It’s worth it!
(Note: This article also appears on my regular Friday newspaper column on Gold Star Daily, Mindanao’s largest newspaper. Check out the original article here)
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