Wade Smith – The Godfather Of Soles

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The Wade Smith trainer store originally based on Slater Street in the back streets of Liverpool, became an institution of it’s time.

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Legend has it that ‘Topman’ footwear buyer Robert Wade Smith decided to go alone and after securing a premises he emptied his bank account heading for Europe in a van to return with rare trainers considered too expensive for a recession hit Great Britain. After getting his initial haul robbed, his determination finally saw him embark on a piece of history that change the face of UK menswear forever.

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Today our own store sits only a street away from where it all began and this re drawn design based on an old photograph of the store in the early days, captures the mood and aspirations of a generation perfectly.

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