This isn’t a proud memory of ours, but we once threw a temper tantrum over a pair of slip-on sneakers with ballet slippers embroidered on the toe. And we’re talking face down on the ground, kicking and screaming and snot-rocketing all over the place tantrum. We didn’t get to wear those special shoes on the first day of school — rightfully so. However, H1GHER LEARNING, an organization founded by Charleston native KJ Kearney, wants to reward kids with good grades with cool sneakers. Since last winter, H1GHER LEARNING has provided over 100 pairs of new sneakers to at-risk students to promote academic success, and they’re hot kicks too — brand-new, hard-to-find shoes. The org recently applied for its non-profit status, and to celebrate H1GHER LEARNING is throwing a Pep Rally, a party at Sneaker with a DJ, streetwear artists, and, of course, shoes. They’ll also be releasing 25 custom New Era 9FIFTY snapback hats that will feature a black crown and visor with H1GHER LEARNING embroidered on the headpiece in white and gold for $40 a pop. A granite snap enclosure, dark green under-visor, and a New Era flag detail the rest of the special edition hat. “King Street Cookies will be at the shop selling cookies. There will be music and free beer for those 21 and up,” says Sneaker’s JP Hudson.
Price: Free with donations accepted