City of Liverpool FC and the social fabric of Merseyside football

Photography: Laces Out!

Football has been a central column of Liverpool’s modern history; a defining presence, a lens through which we can examine the challenges, successes and day-to-day realities of Merseyside’s social climate.

In celebration of the launch of the brand new adidas Merseyside Trimm-Trab pack – the iconic terrace and away day shoe – SEVENSTORE, in partnership with Bido Lito!Laces Out! and Transalpino, invite you to further explore these themes through an evening of Q&A panel discussions, film and curated exhibitions.

The Trimm-Trab Merseyside pack launch presents an opportunity to explore and dissect the unique role that football culture plays in Liverpool. Alongside the panel Q&A and film screening, a further retrospective exhibition of Trimm-Trab collections, curated by Laces Out! and Transalpino, will be on display. The Q&A panel will feature influential members of Liverpool’s grassroots football institutions, journalists and an adidas brand expert, all of which will engage in conversation on the symbiotic relationship between Liverpool’s communities, subcultures and football.



Panelists include Paul Manning (Chairman City Of Liverpool FC), Simon Hughes (The Independent) and Gary Aspden (adidas brand expert), with Stephanie Power (journalist) chairing the discussion.

Alongside the panel Q&A, Purple Sole will feature an exclusive screening of a never before seen interview with Robert Wade Smith, founder of Liverpool’s seminal street clothing store Wade Smith. The interview is conducted by Gary Aspden as part of the film 2000 film Sneakerfan which highlights the subcultures and communities surrounding adidas trainers, with the interview with Wade Smith focussing on the prevalence of the brand in Liverpool. The screening will be the first time the footage from the film has been shown publicly.

Purple Sole will also feature a special archive exhibition of adidas footwear curated by Laces Out! festival and Liverpool sneaker store Transalpino.

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