CANTON, Ohio (WJW) – Amassing uncommon sneakers is not only a pastime but a valuable company. John Hray is an specialist who’s been amassing for 25 years.
“I commenced accumulating a small at a time,” he explained. “The shoe that did it for me, a good deal of people today inquire, was the Jordan 11 BRED’s. I engage in in ’em, I enjoy ’em, I’m a sucker for patent leather-based. That shiny patent leather-based just received me. I’ve been a collector ever considering the fact that.”
Hray is the owner of Rock or Inventory Sneakers, an online retailer. His collection became so big that he had to obtain a storage locker to deal with the volume he’s amassed above the many years.
“Whether the financial system is negative or it is good, or persons consider we’re in a economic downturn, the one particular point that people today weirdly and ironically devote dollars on is footwear,” Hray said. “The shoe recreation looks to generally really much be potent.”
His passion for gathering has progressed. Hray travels throughout the state to stand for Northeast Ohio.
With couple of functions happening here in the Buckeye Point out, Hray preferred to make absolutely sure Ohio’s sneakerheads experienced a location to collaborate, invest in and offer. Which is how he came up with the idea for the Stark County Sneaker and Outfits XPO.
“People journey, get in the motor vehicle and will go four, 5, 6-several hours to go to a show to acquire or to vend,” he mentioned.
The XPO is set for Sunday April 16 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Canton Civic Centre. There will be prizes, raffles and giveaways.
There will be more than 50 vendors at the XPO.
“All parents get in no cost, students with ID are $5, so you can get special discounts there,” Hray claimed. “We’re likely to have food items, raffles, giveaways, prizes. It is gonna be a ton of pleasurable. 1000’s of sneakers to pick out from, tons of vintage clothes.”
Hray stated the XPO is a wonderful place to get, market or trade shoes, verify their authenticity, or even get them restored.
Hray is happy to coordinate the celebration to aid a stronger sneaker community listed here in Ohio.
“When you think you have witnessed every single shoe doable you operate into a little something you have under no circumstances noticed just before, at all – and that’s the enjoyable section of it.” he said. “We just take pleasure in performing it. It’s a passion of mine. We just want to have that on and distribute that.”
Tickets can be procured listed here.