Hip-hop’s customized kicks, Sneaker Pimps, makes way to Chicago Bacardi Fusion Lounge

A tight shoe game has grown to be vastly popular in the Hip-Hop world, so the Chicago Bacardi Fusion Lounge, held at Venue One, would not be complete without a nice display throughout the venue from Sneaker Pimps.

What is a sneaker pimp? And how do you know if you qualify to be one or not? Well, if you have a pair (or collection) of vintage, artist customized or celebrity signed sneakers, it’s a good chance you’re a pimp…sneaker pimp, that is.


Founded in 2002 in Sydney, Australia by Peter Fahey, the company has created more than 1500 pairs of made-to-order kicks – in addition to a collection of sneaker inspired artwork, fashion and photography.

Sneaker Pimps: Ty, Fakeshore Drive and Justin, IMF Magazine enjoying Chicago's Bacardi Fusion Lounge.
Sneaker Pimps: Ty, Fakeshore Drive and Justin, IMF Magazine enjoying Chicago’s Bacardi Fusion Lounge.

“I’m a sneaker pimp in training,” said Fakeshore Drive’s, Ty Howard. IMF Magazine’s Hip-Hop editor, Justin  said, “I’ll wear whatever Nike will send me.” I think they’re both being modest!


Sneaker Pimps display at Chicago Bacardi Fusion Lounge.
Sneaker Pimps display at Chicago Bacardi Fusion Lounge.

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