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10 rare items to check out at Abu Dhabi's Sneaker District: From Dh30,000 Air Jordans to a Supreme skateboard

This footwear and streetwear hub is home to some of the design world's most famous collaborations and collectibles

Sneaker District isn't your typical shoe shop.

Abu Dhabi’s newest destination for premium footwear, located at The Mall at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi, is spread over three floors and even has its own basketball court.

It's not just a place to buy the latest and greatest styles in streetwear, either, with plenty of limited-edition and high-profile collaborative pieces on display.

Whether you're looking to acquire something special for your collection, or merely want to look at some museum-grade pieces, here are 10 exceptional items to check out in-store.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 5, 2021. New sneaker store and social hub Sneaker District opens in Abu Dhabi, World Trade Centre. Victor Besa/The National Section: LF Reporter: Tamara Clarke
Sneaker District opened in Abu Dhabi in December. Victor Besa / The National

Dior x Air Jordan 1

Dior and the Jordan Brand partnered to create the limited-edition Dior x Air Jordan 1 sneaker. The highly coveted kicks marked the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan style. The white and “Dior grey” leather shoes feature Air Dior branding on the tongue, icy translucent soles and a Dior-monogrammed swoosh. Only 4,700 low-tops exist, and Sneaker District has a pair up for grabs.

Dubbed “the most luxurious Air Jordan 1 ever”, the shoes are the most expensive in-store, priced at Dh30,000.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black

Yeezys are bestsellers at Sneaker District, but one pair stands out from the rest. A pair of customised Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Blacks are completely covered in black Swarovski crystals, save for a pop of colour by way of a blend of clear and red stones that form the Supreme logo. Step out and shine in these shoes, which will set you back Dh22,000.

Supreme x Louis Vuitton Skateboard

One for the high rollers, this skateboard has a bright red deck covered in the LV monogram, and comes from one of the most talked-about collaborations in fashion history. You can purchase it with a co-ordinated LV storage trunk for Dh150,000, but before you kick and push, grab two sets of wheels as they are sold separately for Dh36,200.

Supreme Brick

Skateboarding lifestyle brand Supreme certainly has a sense of humour. The company consistently makes questionable accessories that serve no purpose at all. The most notable of these is a box logo-branded brick. The red clay bricks sold out in a matter of minutes after being released back in 2016, and one is currently on sale at Sneaker District for Dh1,500.

Supreme has never shared a backstory for the quirky item, but some speculate that it’s a nod to all the brick references in pop culture. Others believe it’s a long-running joke and testament to the assertion that people will buy anything with a box logo on it.

Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Chunky Dunky’

Ice-cream-inspired shoes are now a thing, thanks to a sweet collaboration between strange bedfellows Nike and Ben & Jerry’s. Both the nickname and the design of the “Chunky Dunky” shoes are inspired by Chunky Monkey, a popular flavour of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, while the cloud-shaped mid-panel is reminiscent of the design on the ice cream carton. Fuzzy cow print overlays are a tongue-in-cheek nod to the key ingredient in ice cream.

The shoes come complete with a drippy yellow swoosh, and can be yours for Dh7,500.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 5, 2021. New sneaker store and social hub Sneaker District opens in Abu Dhabi, World Trade Centre. Victor Besa/The National Section: LF Reporter: Tamara Clarke
Visitors shoot hoops at the indoor basketball court at Sneaker District. Victor Besa / The National

Cactus Jack Air Jordan 6

At first glance, the Cactus Jack look like a regular pair of retro Jordans, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. The shoes feature a glow-in-the-dark sole and a reflective underlay, which are built to shimmer when cameras flash. Things get more interesting around the ankle, where there’s a small, built-in stash pouch.

These shoes were designed by world-famous rapper Travis Scott and seem to be an ideal choice whether you’re suiting up for the red carpet or preparing for a zombie apocalypse. They are priced at Dh2,500, and the pair at Sneaker District is a US size 16.

K-Swiss Classic 2000

A classic never goes out of style, and K-Swiss is keeping Breaking Bad alive with the Classic 2000. The original gets a zip-up coverall as a nod to the hazmat suits worn by Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in the hit TV series.

The rubberised cover is placed over the shoe to conceal the laces, and can be worn open or closed. The back of each shoe is accented with grey and pink heel buckles and signature Breaking Bad graphics resembling elements from the periodic table.

You can walk around on the iced-out soles, with Heisenberg printed on the bottom, for Dh455.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 5, 2021. New sneaker store and social hub Sneaker District opens in Abu Dhabi, World Trade Centre. Victor Besa/The National Section: LF Reporter: Tamara Clarke
Sneaker District is located at The Mall at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi. Victor Besa / The National

KT4 Klay Area

A substantial amount of floor space at Sneaker District is allocated to footwear and clothing by Klay Thompson. The American NBA star partnered with Anta, the third largest sportswear brand in the world, to create shoes and apparel that are as vibrant and fun as the man himself.

The KT4 Klay Area is a limited-edition drop, a veritable collector’s item made for the Thompson fan who likes to switch things up. This wild version of KT4 comes with a collaged graphic on its midsole and six packs of Velcro patches that can be placed on the adhesive upper.

What makes this shoe so dynamic is the fact that the patches can be switched out and repositioned at will. The patches pay homage to Klay, featuring images of China Klay, the toaster he once autographed, and his beloved pooch, Rocco. The KT4 Klay Area kit is available for Dh795.

Anta SB-02

Acclaimed footwear designer Salehe Bembury takes hiking shoes to a new level in his recent collaboration with Anta. Widely known for his work with Yeezy, Versace and New Balance, Bembury has put a stylish stamp on a utilitarian shoe. The low-top SB-02 features a rubberised sheath with cut-out detailing over a neoprene upper, and midsoles that are thick and chunky. You can take on any trail in these striking shoes, for Dh695.

Skechers Bobs for Dogs

Dog lovers will adore these cute and cosy slip-ons by Skechers. Sneaker District stocks a variety of prints and colours, and some even have sequinned dog faces on them. You can make an extreme style statement and support pets at the same time as a portion of each sale goes to the Petco Foundation to help save shelter animals. Prices vary by style.

Updated: January 7, 2021 04:10 PM

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