Episode 051 | Forever Forwards | Franklin Boateng AKA King of Trainers

Episode 051 | Forever Forwards | Franklin Boateng AKA King of Trainers

By Out Of Home Podcast

The Out of Home Podcast

Monday, 26 October

For the latest Forever Forwards episode, the group chat to Franklin Boateng aka The King Of Trainers, not only a sneakerhead OG but also a teacher and consultant. Hailing from Tottenham, North London, Franklin speaks on his how passion for footwear grew from a young age (4:37) back in the early 80’s and how his mother’s passion for tennis shoes helped manifest this! Franklin speaks on spending his summer holidays as a teen in New York (7:22) and how bringing back exclusive kicks earned him his nickname. Not just a collector, Franklin has donated hundreds of pairs of shoes to those less fortunate, in places such as Ghana, Haiti, and homeless people in the UK through a charity called Heeling Soles (29:49). With a sizeable and engaged fanbase, Franklin discusses how he built his social media following (33:00) and reveals he was the first individual in the UK sneaker scene with 100,000 followers on IG (35:08).

Franklin also talks about his initiative ‘Footwear Jobs’ (41:50), where he provides information and access to under-privileged youth about full-time roles in the industry.

Positive, poised, and purposeful, Franklin is an inspiring figure who is using his platform for good. A great, educational listen.

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