As events and concerts trickle back to our shores, sneakerheads can look forward to one more event before the year ends: Sole Superior! It’ll be held on 26 November at DRIP – a new club on Orchard Road – from 1pm to 7pm. DRIP will see streetwear and sneaker enthusiasts converge to reconnect on the excitement of all things street culture.
This year’s theme is “Celebration of Friends and Friendship” which takes us back to the nostalgia of the good ol’ days. The event artwork gives us a clue as to what to expect!
What to look out for
It wouldn’t be street culture without the launch of a collab! This year’s collab partner is Saint Barkley, a sneaker company based in Bandung, Indonesia. To be previewed at Sole Superior, the new sneaker is inspired by scratch and sniff stickers of the 80s (Gen Zs, read this), which as the organisers put it, “smells hella dope.”
The official event merchandise is a t-shirt featuring artwork inspired by everyone’s favourite nostalgic TV series! It’s designed by Singaporean illustrator JL, and produced by YAUDS, one of Sole Superior’s past collaborators. Only 80 pieces of this t-shirt, in adult and kids sizes, will be available exclusively on the day!
Collectibles aren’t the only retro offering on the menu for Sole Superior. Be prepared to be electrified by a musical showcase courtesy of Binary, a collective of self-described “Low Tech Electronic Music” acts. If you’re not familiar with terms like Chiptune or Industrial Dark Synth, then prepare for an aural assault of low-tech radness. Heavy with synths, the sound is reminiscent of cyberpunk films and 8-bit video games. The eclectic local lineup includes SWITCHBLADES, Sludgefeast, N3M3515, and Microchip Terror:
Because this is 2022…
It wouldn’t be 2022 if a street art showcase didn’t come with its NFT marketplace. Sole Superior has launched its first online gallery, so you can reconnect with their past collaborators and learn about new talents. Peep at the amazing works online and place bids on the NFTs here.
Sole Superior 2022
Sole Superior is an eclectic mix of global brands, local labels, artists, customisers, re-sellers and community groups, celebrating street culture right here in sunny Singapore.