PHOTOS: ComplexCon returns to Long Beach—with lots of shoes

ComplexCon’s arts, music and fashion event returned this weekend to the Long Beach Convention Center with live performances, carnival-style rides and games and opportunities to stake a claim in the thousand-dollar sneaker game.

The convention is often seen as a celebration of contemporary music, shoes and artistic collaborations between brands.

Adidas and Prada unveiled new sneakers at the event while shipping company UPS offered attendees the chance to win prizes by scanning QR codes.

The true stars of the event were the shoes people wore at the event.

Attendees sported Yeezy shoes from rapper Kanye West. Others wore highly sought-after Nike SB Dunks—a shoe often worn by some big-name rappers and trap artists.

A booth from Deadstock, a buying and selling application, displayed rare shoes that caught the eyes of many at the event.

Two pairs of shoes—the Freddy Krueger Nike SB Dunks and the Paris Nike Dunks—recently sold for a combined total of $135,000, according to a booth operator for Deadstock.

The event also allowed young designers the chance to show off their passion projects.

Dawann Steagall, an attendee of the event, ran into a clothing designer called Nicholas Anderson who he had followed on Instagram. Anderson was selling balaclava-style garments and tie-dyed sweatshirts.

“He’s next man, he’s next,” Steagall said referencing to Anderson’s clothing brand.

Complexcon will run until Sunday with more live performances and chances for attendees to snag giveaways.

ComplexCon attendee takes a photo of two rare sneakers worth thousands of dollars each. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

Nicholas Anderson, left, and Dawann Steagall, right, at ComplexCon in Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

A collaboration between clothing brand Emotionally Unavailable and Netflix’s wildly popular ‘Squid Game’ on display at the Long Beach ComplexCon convention on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

Fashion designer CJ Aslan poses at a booth for a custom luxury brand called Aslan World. The brand has been worn by celebrities such as Latin reggaeton artist Maluma at the 2021 Met Gala. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

People pose in Xylk (pronounced silk) clothing garments that were on display at ComplexCon in Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

Attendees of the ComplexCon convention in Long Beach participate in carnival-style games on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

Nike Dunk High ‘Syracuse’ shoes and Adidas Yeezy SPLY-350 shoes on display at ComplexCon on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

ComplexCon invites guests to see new trends in music, fashion, technology and how they all collaborate to create new products. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

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