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  • Writer's pictureKatie Brown



There’s a first time for everything ..

Including attending a ‘secret gig’ with some awesome bloggers, grime music fans, journalists. Oh, and Radio 1xra DJ’s Sian Anderson was our host and a few other special guests including AJ Tracey and Giggs as the headliner. On a Wednesday night, in Hackney and what on earth was I doing there? Oh, you know..Just pretending to be cool, admiring other people’s shoes and hogging the photo booth.

Okay, I’ll be serious, I was kindly invited by the lovely folk at JD Sports for the launch of the new collection.

We didn’t find out the location until the evening before and fortunately Kassie and Natalie met me at Liverpool station. Or I’d have never found Mangle, mainly because navigation in London can really catch me out at times or in simple terms, I don’t know where I’m going.

Once we were inside the club, I was impressed that Asics had taken the time to decorate the club with ‘Ascis’ wallpaper and  the history of Asics trainers from 1949 to 2016. I got to catch up with Haydy and her boyfriend (who kindly took some photo’s for us) and take in the whole scene. Music was blasting, drinks were flowing, hot boxes of dumplings were being served up and a huge visual display took centre stage providing a background for the DJ’s and performers.


On to the shoes, I make no secret of the fact I’m a big fan of Asics trainers and I actually ran my last half marathon in them. I was so excited to see and try some of the new collection, gone are the day’s when trainers are only for the gym, they are now a fashion staple. I fell in love with the Gel-Kayano Evo in pale pink, with the Gel-Lite III a very close second!


As I had to whizz back to Northampton and work the next day, I had to leave pretty early and missed the set from Giggs but heard it was fantastic.


So, talk to me…How do you feel about grime music? Are you enjoying the comfort of trainers for style? Or do you stick with trainers for sport only?



Disclaimer: I was kindly invited to the event by JD Sports and gifted with a pair of trainers, however all views are my own.

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