About SoleFest Sneaker Convention

SoleFest is Florida’s first and largest sneaker convention for people come to buy, sell and trade shoes.

SoleFest was founded on July 28, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Since then we have traveled to Miami, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Tampa, Naples, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee and Jacksonville.

SoleFest began because our city was overlooked and underrated as a sneaker city; nobody thought Orlando had sneakerheads or a strong sneaker community. Since then we have helped grow Orlando’s sneaker community as well as many other cities. Our mission has always been and will be to continue to give back to sneaker communities and shed a positive light on the sneaker culture and industry. SoleFest isn’t your average sneaker event where people just come to buy, sell or trade shoes.

SoleFest is a family friendly event and we want to make sure everyone has fun the entire event. We have a giveaway every hour just to make sure everyone has a chance to go home a winner giving away shoes, shirts, sneaker cleaners, and more. Enter your favorite pair of shoes in our Sneaker of SoleFest competition for a chance to win $100 cash prize. Every vendor has a chance to win a $100 cash prize by having the best vendor table. SoleFest understands that the sneaker industry has blossomed due to its rich history so we do our best to respect it every event.

While we want to make sure you have fun at SoleFest, in order to do this our highest priority is making sure everyone is safe and comfortable. That means at each event we have Police/security and our locations are in safe areas with proper lighting, staffing and air-conditioning. We want you to avoid worrying about getting scammed online or risking your safety through online meet ups by giving you a safe place to conduct any sneaker business.

1. Where is SoleFest?

SoleFest is a traveling sneaker convention and goes from city to city. We have been to Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Tallahassee and Jacksonville. Check our website regularly for new locations and our schedule.

2. When is SoleFest?

SoleFest opens the doors for attendees at 12pm (Noon) and ends at 5pm. Vendors can come in as early as 10:00am to set up and must be there before 11:30am to set up or you risk forfeiting your vendor table without a refund. We have to open doors at noon for attendees and ask that you plan accordingly.

3. What do I do at SoleFest?

You can come to SoleFest to buy shoes that you can’t find in stores anymore or online. You can also bring new or used shoes to sell or trade with other collectors. If you have a lot of shoes you can get a vendor table for your collection and sell, trade or simply display them. If you don’t have any shoes yet and are just starting in the sneaker world you can come and win a pair of shoes that we give away or some of our other raffle prizes. There are a ton of events, giveaways, competitions, and more during SoleFest to keep you busy and having fun.

4. How do I buy a ticket or vendor table for SoleFest?

To buy a ticket to SoleFest you can either click on the Tickets tab at the top of the website or pay for your entrance at the door the day of the event. Ticket sales close at midnight the night before the event. VIP tickets and vendor tables are only sold online, not during the day of the event. *All tickets are non-refundable.

5. Can I bring shoes with me and if so how many?

With a general admission or VIP ticket you can only bring 3 pairs of shoes. Prohibited items include but are not limited to dollies, push carts, suit cases, duffle bags, and bins (regular backpacks are allowed). If you have more than 3 pairs of shoes we recommend you purchase a vendor table. Vendors with a table are allowed to bring as many pairs as they wish and the prohibited items do not apply. Squatting is strictly prohibited at SoleFest for safety and security reasons.

6. Can I get a refund if I can no longer make it to the event?

All ticket/table sales are final. Ticket or vendor table refunds are not available.

7. How many people are allowed with a vendor table?

Each vendor table reservation includes admission for 3 people total. Vendor lanyards will be given to you once you arrive the day of the event.

8. How are vendor tables assigned?

Vendor tables are reserved on a “first pay, first pick” basis. Vendors will be contacted by the SoleFest team prior to the event to pick their location. Vendors who which to be next to each other must notify SoleFest after purchasing their vendor space.

9. Is there an age limit?

No, there is no age limit. SoleFest is a family friendly event with a safe environment, security and clean music. Anyone over the age of 5 must have a ticket.

10. Do I need to print my ticket?

You do need to have your ticket to enter the event. While we prefer that you bring a printed copy to make entrance faster, we do accept the mobile version through the Eventbrite app.

11. Are food and drinks allowed in the event?

No food or beverages are allowed inside of SoleFest other than bottled water. SoleFest allows re-entry so you are more than welcome to go eat but you cannot bring any food/open drinks into the event.

12. What if I have a question that’s not here?

No problem, click on the contact tab at the top of the page and send us your question so we can help you get an answer as soon as possible or email us at info@solefest.com.

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