As a seasoned collector, it takes something special to get Morgan reaching for his wallet, which is lucky for someone who spends two Saturdays a year in the Old Truman Brewery surrounded by the hottest kicks ever released. We caught up with him amidst preparations for the latest event to hear about bargain-hunting and his top five favourite finds.
Crepe City started as a simple buy & sell event, and while that's still the central focus, there's loads more going on now — tell us.
The "buy & sell" aspect of Crepe City is tried and tested and it will always be our core concept. That being said, we have a great community behind us, and we've always wanted to push the boundaries to give a more memorable experience at each event. This time we increased the floor space to give guests more opportunity to chill throughout the day, launched our first cut & sew clothing line and the fourth issue of our magazine.
With so much exposure on every release nowadays, it makes finding hidden gems from years back all the more exciting — is bargain hunting your favorite part of CC?
Honestly, that's all I'm after these days. Some of the sellers will only hold their stock for the event and it'll never show on eBay, so for me there's a real excitement each time that they're going to pull out something unusual.
I've got a lot of time for Yeezys, NMDs and Air Max 97s — today's hype shoes — but that's not where I'm putting my money. Show me a pair of Spiridons or original EQTs and I'll bite your hand off.
Tell us about your top five finds.
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon – 2016
I scooped these up after our last event after linking up with a guy I'd spoken to on our Facebook Marketplace group. I grabbed 'em for a mere £95 — brand new and under retail price! I already owned one of the OG colorways from the previous reissue in 2008, but I'd been waiting for this one for years. It's a well-built shoe with lots of attention to detail: all the piping on the upper is super-bright reflective 3M™, the big foil Swoosh on the side is mad and the two mini Swooshes on the toe and tongue are the perfect finishing touches.
Nike Air Max 90 Infrared "Hall of Air" – 2005
I got these
at our 2012 event at Village Underground before we moved to the Truman Brewery for, drumroll… £40. The Infrared 90s are such classic shoes — everyone should have a pair in the stash at some point! These HOA (History of Air) versions boast the best build and shape since the OG, so I was gassed when I came across them.
Sadly, though, the cracks of age are starting to show on the sole units, so I'm now on the hunt for a replacement. Holla if you spot a UK 10!
Nike Air Zoom Terra Sertig - 2005
Another beautiful ACG oddity! The main draw of these is the bold colorway and the chunky outsole. There's also a yellow version that I've been after for years but can never seem to come across in my size. This pair caught my eye on the day for being a bit unusual, and I ended up trading with the seller post-event. If ever I come across a table with something I'm really into, I'll ask them to put them and anything else of that ilk aside for a proper look at the end of the day, as they've usually got more to tempt me!
fragment design x Nike Zoom Meriwether – 2011
I'd been keeping a constant eye out for Meriwethers on eBay and the other channels for about two years, until I found them last year. They’re one of those pairs of shoes that everyone bought to wear or that just ended up in outlets and fell off the face of the earth — so tracking a pair down isn't easy. Getting them for a mere £50 was such a come up!
I'm a big fan of the ACG (All Conditions Gear) line and some of the oddities and monsters it throws out. This design is quite a weird one in that it has one of the most rugged builds, and yet the most delicate of materials on its upper. I definitely wouldn't take them hiking but I love them all the same.
Nike Air Foamposite "Eggplant" - 2009
We now come to the ugly duckling of my collection. I bought these in 2016 off a seller who has traded at many events and has now become a good friend.
I always remember this as being the most confusing purchase I've ever made. A mate and I were both after pairs from the same seller so we came up with a cash, plus trades, plus favors owed kinda deal. To this day, neither of us can work out who got the upper hand, but we both got shoes we're happy with and that's what counts I guess!
There's something uncompromisingly American about Foamposites, which means they're not too popular in the UK. But I love the design — how's it's based on beetle anatomy and the way the upper is supposed to mould to your foot after a few wears. I'm not sure if this is still a thing with today's pairs, but you can definitely feel it on the original Royal pair I've got sat at home.