In 2011, Sole Academy opened its first store in the heart of Katipunan, Quezon City.
As the first premier store for lifestyle sneakers turns five, SA'ICHI gathers a Fifth Year Anniversary Message board from several sneaker enthusiasts and influencers.
Enjoy this very special feature.
"Happy 5th anniversary Sole Academy! I may have been fairly new to the SA family but I never felt like a newbie. The camaraderie and friendship that I have built through sneakers got solidified by all the wonderful events that SA came up with over the years. People from different walks of life became one family through the sneaker culture that SA pioneered. So thank you Sole Academy, not only for bringing the #BestInClass sneakers to the Philippines, but most especially for changing the lives of many including myself. Looking forward to many more successful years that we will all share together. Congratulations SA and more power! (smiley) -from a fan who became a friend and who is now a part of the SA family, Liza Santiago"
"To the SA Team who made us SAF Boys ( boys nga ba? yun mga kasama ko, oo, boys, ako kasi, mas matanda pa pati sa buong SA Team, hahaha ) feel family, HAPPY 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Wishing you guys continued success and always to be #BESTINCLASS! 👊🏽🙌🏽"
"Happy 5th Anniversary Sole Academy. Your vision and outstanding customer service are what sets you apart from the competition, no doubt about it. I have worked with the team once and I can attest to that. Keep up the great job and I wish you nothing but the success in the years to come. Nothing but love and respect for the team."
"To lining up for the newest,most exclusive releases. To making our "Fit" more fashionable. To giving back to the community and sharing our talents and blessings. To new family and friends. To realize that this is more than just sneakers. Thank you for everything and Happy Anniversary Sole Academy family! Please keep em' coming and never stop being Best In Class!"
"5 Men Dreamed. 5 Men Made It Happen. And look at where they are now....5 years successful! Happy Five to my Sole Academy family! May God bless and keep this family always. Thank you for everything that you have done for us. We will be here no matter what. Good times or bad, always remember that the stars shine brighter when in darkness. Moreover, they shine brightest when together.To me that has been the SA way, the family way. Win or Lose, it's SA I choose. Cheers brothers!"
"To the whole SA team, happy anniversary! Thank you for providing us, sneaker enthusiasts, with the latest exclusive releases. Thank you as well for cultivating the sneaker culture here in our country! To more exclusive releases. 🍻 Well wishes and more power to SA! You guys are truly #BESTINCLASS"
"To the home aside from my house,
Thank you! These two words may be overused by now, but i honestly can't think of any words better. Throughout my high school life, I've had this dream about how the sneaker world could change me as a person, and i'm mighty proud to say that Sole Academy has had the biggest impact in my life. I've had my own fair share of wonderful memories with the brand- the brand that makes me, me! Through Sole Academy i've met new people - real people with different stories but same passion. Most of all, the best in class as they call it continually helps me find myself. Cheers to the 5 years! Keep on getting stronger and stronger. Godspeed!"
"Congratulations to my Sole Academy family for celebrating your 5th year as the best lifestyle sneaker retailer in Manila! I still remember the day when I visited your first branch and was given excellent custom service even if I ended up not purchasing any pair. But then it gave me the feeling that eventually I'd be buying from them soon enough. 5 years later and even if I'm already living abroad, I still try to find time and visit nearby SA outlets. It's not a surprise that their service is still top-notch. To all the staff, thanks for all your hard work especially on very hyped releases, please keep it up! I can confidently say that you guys have the best bosses, they truly are the #bestinclass. Again, congratulations and more power!"
TV COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
"Congrats Sole Academy on your 5th year! Time flies so fast! I still remember purchasing my "Kill Bill" Gel Saga from your 1st store in Katipunan. It's awesome to be part of the family! More power! God bless you guys! #BESTINCLASS"
"Dear Sole Academy, Happy 5th Anniversary! Cheers to more....more pairs, more releases, more surprises, more collabs, more exclusives, more branches... But more than that, to more friends, fellowship and family. To all the coaches, staff and to the whole SA family, thank you for continuing to be Best in Class!"
SNEAKER AND WATCH COLLECTOR
"Stay cool and grounded Sole Academy! More power! Love you guys!"
TV AND RADIO SPORTS COMMENTATOR
"Dear Sole Academy Team... Greetings from Chiqui Reyes! On this very special day in the life of Sole Academy, allow me to say that the whole team has given the sneaker community a totally different experience in the sneaker game. Yes, all the brands that you have brought in are all great --- adidas, Asics, Puma, Nike, Palladiums, Jansport, Dent, etc. --- but more than the brands, it's the genuine and unique service to us customers that stands out the most. ALL the members of the team have treated us well each and every time we enter a Sole Academy store. Just like any team sport, ALL of you have played and are playing your roles well and have contributed to this great winning streak of Sole Academy. Hats off to ALL the players of the Sole Academy team and to ALL your coaches for doing a remarkable job for the past 5 years. Your kindness, dedication and genuine love in serving us customers (more than the great brands) are for me the "BEST IN CLASS". Salamat sa tunay na serbisyo. Salamat sa pagkakaibigan. Salamat sa pagmamahal ninyo sa amin. Happy 5th anniversary! Love,Chiqui Reyes"
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER/INFLUENCER
"Congrats to the top Premium Sneaker distributor in the country! 5 years being number 1 must feel amazing 🙌🏽"
"Congratulations on your 5th anniversary, Sole Academy! What a milestone. 5 years and you guys still bring so much fun and excitement in everything you put out for everyone! I'm definitely not surprised you guys reached this far. There's nothing quite like a team that carries equally passionate people - it's evident and contagious. Thank you guys and congratulations once again! Keep doing what you do and always stay BEST IN CLASS! ❤️😉 Much love!"
"Mad love to my SA family. Congratulations on your 5th year. Thank you for always having my back. BESTINCLASS."
RM: INFLUENCER/MUSICIAN MM: ACTRESS/INFLUENCER
"Thank you for sharing your love for sneakers. We're very appreciative of all your efforts. Please don't ever stop sharing."
"Happy Happy anniversary to Sole Academy, the original purveyor of lifestyle sneaker culture in the Philippines! Congratulations on 5 awesome years of bringing the best kicks to Manila! You are awesome!"
PROFESSIONAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYER/TEACHER
"Happy Anniversary Sole Academy, I’m a more than thrilled to see how you guys have changed the lifestyle scene here in the Philippines, not only making products more accessible but also tapping into different industries to make the sneaker culture grow. overmore im glad im part of this family sharing its goals and visions. More power to you guys. God Bless!"
"To the wonderful team at Sole Academy, I want to congratulate you all on building such an incredible business. Your level of commitment to your customers is exactly what is so right about the sneaker community. We experienced it first hand with your invitation to visit the Philippines and it was just amazing to see. I hope your brand of service carries over to store owners around the world. Carlo, Jojo, Mark, Martin, Mike, and the rest of the SA family, the Sneaker News team and I look forward to celebrating 10 years with you guys!"
RONAC ART CENTER/SNEAKER COLLECTOR
Five years, countless memories and thousands of lives touched. Today, the sneaker community rings the "store bells" to everyone part of the Sole Academy Team/Family.
Happy fifth year, SA. Cheers to the next milestone!
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