It was business on the top, party on the bottom last night at Foot Locker’s annual On Our Feet fundraiser gala.
Athletes, celebrities, shoe execs and generous donors — all sporting the requisite black-tie attire and cool sneakers — gathered at the expansive Gotham Hall in New York for a good cause, namely the Foot Locker Foundation.
In the VIP room, New York’s top sports teams were well represented. Derek Fisher, new coach for the Knicks, was looking dapper in a striking blue tux jacket and Air Force 1s, as he posed for photos with scholarship winners.
Also cruising the room were retired Knick John Starks, who went classic in Adidas Stan Smith shell-toes; NY Jet Quinton Coples, in black-and-white Air Jordan 13s; and New York Giant Spencer Paysinger, sporting a pair of retro Air Jordan Oregon Ducks in honor of his alma mater.
Actress Kyra Sedgwick arrived in black wedge sneakers that peeked out from under her floor-length goucho pants. “It’s so comfortable wearing sneakers. This might just be a game-changer for me,” Sedgwick declared to the crowd.
Waiving off press interviews, Sedgwick preferred to chat up fellow guest Darryl Strawberry and the night’s host, Foot Locker CEO Ken Hicks.
Hicks, wearing the Jordan Future Camo style, told FN, “We’re so proud to host this event once again. It’s a great cause, and we’ve got lots of stars and lots of vendors here. Just a great night all around.”
Since the On Our Feet gala launched in 2001, it has raised more than $15 million for youth in America. Last night’s event benefitted the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program and the United Negro College Fund.