Foot Locker Learns a Move From Museums, Launching In-Store Sneaker Audio Tours

Players talk up their kicks

When you hit the mall to shop for sneakers, wouldn't it be great if Kevin Durant himself could whisper all about his Nike KD9 shoes in your ear? Well, now he can, at more than 300 Foot Locker locations nationwide.

The stores have been remodeled to resemble high-end galleries, and you'll find special codes next to select objects d'art (aka, sneakers). Enter the codes on your mobile device to hear sports and footwear celebs like Durant wax poetic about their gear, goals and careers—thanks to the chain's new "Audio Tours" campaign developed by BBDO New York.

Signage points shoppers to a mobile URL, and "many stores have beacons that work with the Foot Locker app," BBDO executive creative director Chris Beresford-Hill tells AdFreak. "If you walk into one of those, you are triggered with a [push notification] message asking if you want to take the Audio Tour. You can listen in any order, or check out only the shoes you like."

For a sample, watch the clip below:


Lucky that dude came to the mall with those rad headphones. They are not included, people!

A mix of ballers, designers and journalists recorded bits for the initiative. It targets "guys 16-24 who are always on their smartphones, always have headphones on their ears or around their neck, and have an appetite for knowledge about the kicks they buy," says BBDO's Dan Lucey, also an executive creative director.

"This execution helps make any shoe on our wall more special and meaningful than if you saw it somewhere else in the mall," adds Beresford-Hill.

Frankly, KD's audio-tour revelation about wanting "a shoe that's gonna fit me on the court" isn't exactly a game-changer. Still, the concept does, in theory, provide added value. And these days, brick-and-mortar stores need to run all the plays they can to keep customers in the aisles.

Foot Locker sees the campaign making strides over time, adding fresh content as new sneakers hit the shelves. "Just like a museum, exhibitions can go up and come down as more brands get involved," says Beresford-Hill.

Along with Nike, current brands taking part include Adidas, Puma and Timberland. In addition to Durant, your tour guides are Russ Bengston, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Lance Fresh, Bobbito Garcia, Tinker Hatfield, Rich Lopez and Jacques Slade.


Agency: BBDO New York

Client: Foot Locker

Title: "Audio Tours"

Chief Creative Officer, Worldwide: David Lubars

Chief Creative Officer, New York: Greg Hahn

Executive Creative Directors: Chris Beresford-Hill, Dan Lucey

Senior Art Director: Brian Pinkley

Copywriter: Ricky Johanet

Account Director: Janelle Van Wonderen

Account Manager: Laura McWhorter

Account Executive: Sam Henderson

Assistant Account Executive: Christian Martinez

Project Manager: Amy Orgel

Production: EG Plus

Executive Producer: Anthony Curti

Producer (site): Yuki Suzuki

Technology Director: Konstantin Rozinov

Developer:  John Cardoso

QA Manager:  Jimmy McGee

Producer (audio): Renee Haar, Cat Erwin, Meredith Pariano

Editor (audio): John Cabrera

Audio: One Thousand Birds

Producer: Kira MacKnight

Editor: Calvin Pia

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.
Publish date: December 14, 2016 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT