EVENT RECAP: The KickBackz Sneaker Show

June 10, 2019 4 min read

Sneakers. Music. Success!

After spending much of 2016 traveling to different sneaker trade shows, the KickBackz team finally decided to launch their own big event. Many months of preparation and planning culminated in our magnum opus, The KickBackz Sneaker Show arrived to Long Island, NY on December 3, 2016 in the friendly town of Rockville Centre. Located conveniently on Sunrise Highway in Nassau County, the KickBackz Sneaker Show took place in the Best Western Mill River Manor from noon to 6pm.

What made the event different from so many other sneaker expos is that we wanted to reach out to just the average sneakerhead. KickBackz recognizes that the same people who enjoy a new pair of Jordan 11’s also listen to hip hop music, like creative artwork and streetwear fashion. We wanted to have a cultural family friendly event that reached out to different people and gathered everyone together under one roof. We are proud to say we were successful!

Shoe Heat Alert.

What’s a sneaker show without HEAT? The KickBackz Sneaker Show was tasked with assembling sneakerheads from the Tri State area to show out their collections and buy, sell, and trade top sneaker heat not found elsewhere. In attendance where rare pairs from the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” to new favorites like the Pharrell Williams x Adidas NMD Human Race to customized classic Air Force Ones. Both teenagers and adults walked the venue with grails in hand, seeking their next buyer to trade or sell off a pair. Big time buyers stalked the aisles cashing out collectors, sometimes shelling out thousands of dollars in cash for bulk purchases of whatever they were missing from their inventory.


VH1’s Love and Hip Hop star and Power 105.1’s own DJ Self hosted the event.

Streetwear Is Still Creative

Mainstream markets have infiltrated the previously niche and underrated streetwear market and have since capitalized on it, flooding the market with millions of dollars and newfound publicity. Luxury brands have turned to streetwear for inspiration and sometimes straight knockoff designs from independent small brands. Despite these new challenges, the streetwear vendors at The KickBackz Sneaker Show showed off captivating designs from their brands that proved originality and creativity were not lost arts.

Music Wins Again

12 artists hit the stage at the first ever 2016 KickBackz Sneaker Show in Rockville Centre, NY. We had an eclectic crowd of artists performing from all over the Tri State area. Artists came out in in flock with their families, fans, and friends in great numbers from Long Island, the boroughs, New Jersey, Connecticut, and even Ohio! With ten minute sets each, the artists tore down the stage and definitely got some newfound respect from competitors and peers together.

The old school and new school met together that day in the form of the Hofstra’s own DJ LIV from Amityville versus Nassau County’s DJ Mello. Both took part in spinning records while controlling the artist sets during the showcase.

Painter’s Paradise

Our expo was fortunate enough to be graced by the presence of two talented artists. Diego, a prominent member of the Art & Soul Sessions, and Dat Artist, a Virginia native came to the event with paint brushes, easels and talent. Both artists did live painting, showcasing their skills to a large crowd of millennials, creatives and teens.


Best On Feet Heat Sneaker Contest – Attendees with the best sneakers could hop on stage who felt they had the best kicks on in the venue. The crowd would pick the winner by applause and would the winner would receive a $100 cash prize.  The two finalists’ sneakers were a pair of the Nike Air Yeezy 2 SP “Red October” and a customized pair of Nike Air Jordan 3Lab5’s.

Winner: Customized 3Lab5’s

Best Vendor Booth – Vendors were told to be creative with setting up their booths and create the best possible display.

Winner: Blacktag Apparel

Space Jam Tee Trivia Giveaway by Six Rings Clothing – Contestants had to correctly answer a Space Jam inspired trivia question. Winner received a new Six Rings Clothing “Space Jam” Tee.

Winner: Melissa Thomas


Attendees got to partake in delicious meals catered to us by Suya Hot Spot, a local Baldwin restaurant specializing in West African dishes.

The event was jam packed with people and the room was filled to capacity, so much so that attendees were ended up peddling their kicks in the outer foyer of the lobby by the check in desk.

Special Thanks

To all the amazing artists who performed: C. Davis, Bre Vibez, TNT, Dimo, Khennedy, Da’Wyz, Big Beez, Da The Future, King PIB, CIG 40, M.A.R. and Prince Radio Ra.

Event Staff: Mariah B, Alexis C., Special thanks to our amazing staff who worked hard at making this event the success it was!

Visual Team: Zungy, Benny Commas, Vince Kyle

Special thanks to all the vendors, attendees, sponsors and media who participated in this event, not limited to but including:

VH1, Power 105.1, Crep Protect, Best Western, Digital Heart Productions, Kalviari, Earwaxx Sessions, PR Style, Get Money Kicks, Game Changing Apparel, FBR Customs, Cashh Customs, Amphibia Apparel, Standard Deviation, Linyage Apparel, Visionary Perspective, Moderneez, Hot Sauce & Mango, DJ LIV, DJ Mello, The Rundown Show, Medee Stichh, and Culture Kicks.

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