From heel to toe, the shoe is packed with insider references to First Avenue. The black leather and suede upper features textured detailing on the heel for a direct nod to First Avenue’s black brick walls, while the toebox equips star perforations and the lateral heel boasts a large embroidered silver star. All three of these details nod to the stars painted on First Avenue’s exterior — after a famous musician plays a set at the club, they’re immortalized on its outer walls with a hand-painted silver star that displays their name. However, it’s worth mentioning that a silver star is a somewhat strange choice for this Prince-inspired shoe: among the dozens of silver stars that can be seen on the club’s exterior, Prince’s is the only one painted in gold.
Purple laces provide the most direct nod to Prince and Purple Rain, while rumor has it that the upper’s black outer layer wears away to reveal a purple base. Familia and First Avenue logos are visible on the inner half of each tongue tag, and insoles display a printed graphic that nods to First Avenue’s tickets plus another Familia hit. Lastly, translucent outsoles nod to the famous stars one more time with an all-over print graphic.
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