I have seen some great murals over the years but none have ever made me happier than this stunning piece of artwork which pays homage Liverpool’s legendary Wade Smith store. Wade Smith was a true visionary, he was one of the first people to recognise and capitalise on the demand for what were at the time – rare and expensive training shoes. According to the legend he emptied his bank account and headed over to Europe in a van and returned with shed load of rare trainers, he secured the premises on Slater Street and a legend was born. Despite his initial haul being stolen the store became an institution that single handily changed the face of UK menswear forever.
Sadly Wade Smith has long since ceased trading and the site of the original store is now a takeaway, thankfully the lads at Transalpino (big shout going out to Jay & Jockey) enlisted talented artist Paul Curtis to create this nostalgic masterpiece for us all to enjoy. Better still Clobber HQ is based just a few streets away from Slater street so I am lucky enough to be able to see it every time I go for my lunch! Transalpino have carried on the Wade Smith tradition with their trips to far flung corners of the globe in search of rare trainers that were thought to be lost forever, they also boast an impressive list of celebrity clients, all eager to find those elusive dead stock lines.
To accompany their diverse range of footwear Transalpino also have their own superb range of t-shirts, sweatshirts and knits which have been spotted on the backs of Jamie Carragher, Bradley Wiggins and Robbie Fowler, not to mention football lads up and down the country. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to visit their store on Bold Street then fear not, Transalpino have a brilliant website which you can enter here.