Feverish fanatics of footwear connected at the H-Town Sneaker Summit this year in Houston. The Summit celebrated its 10th year by expanding to new markets and being acknowledged as the biggest sneaker event in the country by Fuse. We ran into Jason Markk, whose sneaker cleaning kits have been a mainstay amongst the culture for many years now.
VIBE: How many years have you been participating in the Sneaker Summit?
Jason Markk: Ah man, about 5 or 6 years now.
How’s the company doing now? You now have soft packaging, switching up from your custom shoe box hard design.
Everything’s great, man. We just opened a flagship store in Los Angeles. So that’s been great. We actually started offering this dry cleaning services for kicks. You drop off your kicks and in about 3 days pick them up, fresh and clean smelling good.
That’s brand new, right?
There’s obviously been like shoe shine services, the traditional but we’re really the first to really focus on the sneaker culture. We don’t clean anything but sneakers. So, we’ve had people wanting to bring boots or other things but just stay focused on sneakers.
How long has the Jason Markk, the company been around?
Since January 2007, so it’ll be 8 years this January.
It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, ha.
What’s your favorite/ “Unicorn” sneaker?
The OG Air Max 1, white, red and gray.
The ORIGINAL! Ha
Man, that silhouette, color way is just classic. I love it.
How do you feel about the new sneaker re-releases coming direct from the factories?
I mean with me it’s about quality, you know what I’m saying. I don’t know, man I like when they retro kicks, it’s dope to see that one model that brings you back. But I’m not really feeling the B grades, basically that cheap shit, ha! I don’t know how else to put it. We love kicks and will continue to buy ’em I think. It sucks but it is what it is.
The Sneaker Summit will expand to New York in September. Check out Jason Markk and their services at jasonmarkk.com.
*Photo courtesy of Jason Markk. Pictured Bun B of UGK and Jason Markk (R).