Las Vegas’ first Sneaker Con attracts retailers, sneakerheads

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:12:25 AM. Jaysee Lopez, owner of Urban Necessities in the Boulevard Mall, brought some pretty amazing shoes to Sneaker Con, Saturday’s inaugural gathering of sneaker connoisseurs at the Las Vegas Conve…
Jaysse Lopez, owner of Urban Necessities in the Boulevard Mall, brought some pretty amazing shoes to Sneaker Con, Saturday’s inaugural gathering of sneaker connoisseurs at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There were the Nikes adorned with Iron Maiden’s name and logo, believed to be one of only 24 pairs produced before legal issues reportedly halted production. Even rarer was the one-of-a-kind sample pair created for Kanye West in preparation for his own 24-pair run to celebrate the release of his album “The College Dropout,” valued at around $8,500. But the shoes concerning him at this moment were the much more modest looking camouflage-green Air Jordan 4s with accents of black, white and orange. He had just acquired the unworn shoes on consignment and has no doubt he can sell them quickly for about $16,000. An outrageous figure to some? Sure. But Lopez says it’s a steal. “I could sell this for 30 grand, but it can take me seven months,” he says confidently. “Whereas, I can sell this for 16 grand and it’ll probably last 20 minutes.” Jonathan Ruiz brought Lopez the shoes after accepting them on consignment from someone on Instagram, who was representing another seller. If Urban Necessities succeeds in the quick sale its owner predicts, Ruiz will receive more than $13,000, a portion of which will go to his consigner, who will presumably take his own cut before passing their agreed-upon price to his own seller. It’s no secret that there’s big money in sneakers. And between the...Read more
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