Zando

First and foremost, check out what Zando has to offer you this spring. We did, and we were so tempted to add everything to our cart. They have sandals for everyone, if you like being out there with your colours, or simply live by the motto "less is more", you are in for a treat. All your sandal needs will be met! The time has come for you to flaunt your pedis and rock these amazing shoes.

Mr Price

We all know that Mr Price is the go-to for anything and everything and they are still upholding that reputation. Giving you everyday shoes this spring, whether you're going to work, a cocktail party or are simply just looking for those comfortable weather appropriate shoes. Mr Price is here to give you anything from open toe-shoes to sandals for spring. We saw these Gladiator sandals that are to die for, plus they never go out of style, just pair it up with an amazing spring maxi or short dress and you are ready to turn heads!

Foschini

Ahh Foschini, the mother of amazing sandals in interesting and beautiful colours, these will definitely make you stand out. Rock these, and the compliments will come flying in your direction. They are offering you anything from flip-flops, slides, heals and wedges for spring. Wedges are a timeless classic, as long as you know how to put an outfit together that will compliment your spring wedges, you'll be ready to go. Check these amazing and breathtaking ankle tie wedges that are specially made for the gods!

Foschini

Aldoshoes

If you are like us and love setting trends or following the latest in fashion, you'll definitely love the news we have for you when it comes to the shoes at Aldo. Brace yourselves ladies, we've all been saving some moolah for spring, we knew the time would come where we rejoice because our favourite season has arrived. And you do not have to ask Aldo twice to come through with that spring collection. They are bringing you amazing prints, colours and that cool kid style. Look how comfortable and fashion forward these are! Buy two pairs please, one for you and one for us. We did plug you in with where to find these.

Superbalist

Now this is the cool kid's playground, and there is nothing wrong with being the coolest in the block sometimes. Spoil yourself, why don't you? You've survived winter and now you need to reward yourself with these amazing shoes. Okay, we are shamelessly going to admit that sometimes it's okay to do something out of the ordinary. So, here is something a bit of out of the ordinary for spring, we instantly fell in love with some of these sneakers. We know we said we are done with sneakers and boots. But can you imagine how gorgeous these would be with a summer dress and a denim jacket? Yup, we knew you would love the idea!

Superbalist

Woolworths

It's straps, straps and even more straps at Woolworths. Get yourself strapped with these amazing strappy sandals this spring, available in every colour and style, we are pretty sure you'll find something you like somewhere in there. There is a pair of metallic trim t-bar block heel sandals we saw on their website earlier, and we think they would go well with that black dress you have in your closet. Suited for any ladies night out.

Nicci Boutique

Bedazzled sandals galore, is what Nicci Boutique is. If you are looking for something a bit risque or spicy, be sure to check Nicci Boutique. People normally say it is the shoes that make the outfit, and we think whoever said that is a genius because 'tis true! Giving you cluster jewel slide sandals, multi jewel strap sandals, diamante ankle strap sandals, and to top it off and give you that extra pop of colour, check out their rainbow flat sandals.

Nicci Boutique

Truworths 

Truworths is another gem when it comes to spring shoes - comfortable, beautiful and, of course, affordable. Ladies, say it with me "block heels, block heels and more block heels this spring". We all want to look fly, but comfort is key, so why don't you pop by Truworths and check out their spring collection of shoes, from sandals to heels. You will be walking the streets with so much confidence and flair!

Rage

This is truly a shoe haven. Shoes for an everyday person, for every outfit and for every occasion. With all prints, textures, designs and colours, you are going to get the exact shoe that fits your mood. Never fear when Rage is near. They are affordable and we are pretty sure you could walk out with sandals that would fit your every outfit, it's like being a different girl everyday. Sounds like something we'd be up for. So if you want to switch things up everyday, check out Rage and their amazing sandals.

Edgars

And lastly but by no means least, trust Edgars to give you just what you need. They are the definition of trend-setters in all fashion and their shoes are the best of the best. Don't believe us? Check it out yourself! You can spoil yourself and everyone in the family because they have sandals, flip flops, and slides for mom, dad and the kids. See, everyone wins! Check it out!

Razzmatazz Costume Hire

Razzmatazz Costumes have been in the business since 2006. Owner Susan makes their well-known, hand-crafted costumes. Razzmatazz stock a wide range of sci-fi, steampunk, anime, gaming and superhero costumes. Their rental prices are by far some of the most reasonable, as well. Plus, you can hire out your costume for up to a week. If your costume needs a little sprucing up with a wig, mask or accessory, Razzmatazz has got you covered. From coloured contact lenses to knee high stockings, they have got it all. Razzmatazz is the costume store for you if you are short on time, low on cash or have just always dreamed of donning a full Chewbacca costume.

Details: 011 452 4555 | 72 Voortrekker Avenue, Edenvale | [email protected]

Jods Hire Service

Jods is a costume player's wonderland. This costume store never seems to end, stretching across an entire warehouse floor. From wall to wall, there are costumes of every kind. Their steampunk collection is especially impressive. Think adjustable skirts, colourful corsets and hats galore. The Jods staff are always super friendly and willing to assist. With some of them being cosplayers themselves, they know exactly what you need to nail the perfect look. Visit Jods if you are planning a first time cosplay - you should find exactly what you are looking for.

Details: 011 450 4424/5 | Tile Africa Building 108 A.G.De Witt Drive, Sunnyrock | [email protected]

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Scalliwags

Scalliwags is situated in Alberton. But, they also have an online store for your convenience. Their costume themes are extensive, ranging from TV and movie characters to fairytales, super heroes and villains. Harry Potter fans, get your wizard robes here, or join the dark side and dress up as Lord Voldemort. You will find the Archie Comics gang here, too. In their original form, not the Riverdale version, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead await you. Or, you could go with popular trends and cosplay a comic book hero or villain. Scalliwags stocks crossplay and gender-bend costumes in their superheroes section, too. Let's see a whole lot of Spidergirls, Lady Flash and female Ninja Turtles. Girl power!

**Please contact Scalliwags in advance if you are looking for a superhero costume. Limited sizes may be available.

Details: 011 869 1201 | 1st floor Alberante Centre, 37 Penzance Street, New Redruth | [email protected]

Sinderella Costume Hire

Even though Game of Thrones has come to an end (sigh), we know that fans are going to be cosplaying this series for years to come. If you are a GoT fundi, pop by Sinderella Costume Hire. They offer a wide range of medieval inspired costumes for hire, including faux fur coats, sword sheaths and floor length robes. Ladies, ready your dragons - Sinderalla costumes has a full Khaleesi costume, complete with blonde wig. Now, you can slay any enemy who stands in your way to victory on the cosplay stage.

Details: 011 326 0446 | 9 Hunter St, Ferndale, Randburg | [email protected]

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CosKraft SA

This one is for the cosplay artists who refuse to buy anything they can make themselves. CosKraft SA is an online platform specialising in cosplay supplies. They offer wigs, cosmetic lenses, foam and worbla to help you build your dream cosplay. CosKraft should be your first stop when looking for a high-quality wig. With over 25 different black wigs in stock alone, you are sure to find one to suit your desired look. These wigs are heat resistant, so straighten, curl or blowdry away. CosKraft is also a great store to stock up on prop making goodies. Foam clay and worbla are ideal for molding custom-designed weaponry. Check out their online store here.

Details: [email protected]

CosplayMiu

CosplayMiu is an international online cosplay costume and accessories shop. Costumes are custom designed according to your size specifications. Get your premium hand-crafted manga or anime costumes, cosplay wigs and Lolita dresses. Shipping takes between 5 - 10 days after you place your order, depending on the intricacy of the costume. Their website is a wonderful place to look for costume inspiration, too. They feature images of the relevant characters opposite the costume for sale. This way you can compare the quality and similarity of the costume with your favourite anime and manga characters.

Visit their website for more information.

**Please note that shipping costs may apply.

cosplay

Do you know of any other cosplay, costume hire and supply stores in Joburg? Let us know about them. 

Razzmatazz Costume Hire

Razzmatazz Costumes have been in the business since 2006. Owner Susan makes their well-known, hand-crafted costumes. Razzmatazz stock a wide range of sci-fi, steampunk, anime, gaming and superhero costumes. Their rental prices are by far some of the most reasonable as well. Plus, you can hire out your costume for up to a week. If your costume needs a little sprucing up with a wig, mask or accessory, Razzmatazz has got you covered. From coloured contact lenses to knee high stockings, they have got it all. Razzmatazz is the costume store for you if you are short on time, low on cash or have just always dreamed of donning a full Chewbacca costume.

Details: 011 452 4555 | 72 Voortrekker Avenue, Edenvale | [email protected]

Jods Hire Service

Jods is a costume players wonderland. This costume store never seems to end, stretching across an entire warehouse floor. From wall to wall, there are costumes of every kind. Their steampunk collection is especially impressive. Think adjustable skirts, colourful corsets and hats galore. The Jods staff are always super friendly and willing to assist. With some of them being cosplayers themselves, they know exactly what you need to nail the perfect look. Visit Jods if you are planning a first time cosplay - you should find exactly what you are looking for.

Details: 011 450 4424/5 | Tile Africa Building 108 A.G.De Witt Drive, Sunnyrock | [email protected]

Cosplay

Scalliwags

Scalliwags is situated in Alberton. But, they also have an online store for your convenience. Their costume themes are extensive, ranging from TV and movie characters, fairytales and super heroes and villains. Harry Potter fans, get your wizard robes here, or join the dark side and dress up as Lord Voldemort. You will find the Archie comics gang here, too. In their original form, not the Riverdale version, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead await you. Or, you could go with popular trends and cosplay a comic book hero or villain. Scalliwags stocks crossplay and gender-bend costumes in their superheroes section, too. Let's see a whole lot of Spidergirls, Lady Flash and female Ninja Turtles. Girl power!

**Please contact Scalliwags in advance if you are looking for a superhero costume. Limited sizes may be available.

Details: 011 869 1201 | 1st floor Alberante Centre, 37 Penzance Street, New Redruth | [email protected]

Sinderella Costume Hire

Even though Game of Thrones has come to an end (sigh), we know that fans are going to be cosplaying this series for years to come. If you are a GoT fundi, pop by Sinderella Costume Hire. They offer a wide range of medieval inspired costumes for hire, including faux fur coats, sword sheaths and floor length robes. Ladies, ready your dragons - Sinderalla costumes has a full Khaleesi costume, complete with blonde wig. Now, you can slay any enemy who stands in your way to victory on the cosplay stage.

Details: 011 326 0446 | 9 Hunter St, Ferndale, Randburg | [email protected]

Cosplay

CosKraft SA

This one is for the cosplay artists who refuse to buy anything they can make themselves. CosKraft SA is an online platform specialising in cosplay supplies. They offer wigs, cosmetic lenses, foam and worbla to help you build your dream cosplay. CosKraft should be your first stop when looking for a high-quality wig. With over 25 different black wigs in stock alone, you are sure to find one to suit your desired look. These wigs are heat resistant, so straighten, curl or blowdry away. CosKraft is also a great store to stock up on prop making goodies. Foam clay and worbla are ideal for molding custom-designed weaponry. Check out their online store here.

Details[email protected]

CosplayMiu

CosplayMiu is an international online cosplay costume and accessories shop. Costumes are custom designed according to your size specifications. Get your premium hand-crafted manga or anime costumes, cosplay wigs and Lolita dresses. Shipping takes between 5 - 10 days after you place your order, depending on the intricacy of the costume. Their website is a wonderful place to look for costume inspiration, too. They feature images of the relevant characters opposite the costume for sale. This way you can compare the quality and similarity of the costume with your favourite anime and manga characters.

Visit their website for more information.

**Please note that shipping costs may apply.

cosplay

Do you know of any other cosplay costume hire and supply stores in Joburg? Let us know about them. 

The world will stop in its tracks this September as rAge Expo 2019 comes at us a month earlier than usual... and we're not complaining at all.

What Is It?

The annual rAge Expo, now in its 17th year, is a three-day geek-culture mega-event that features video games, computer hardware, sports tournaments, gaming peripherals, retail stores, local game studios, board games, convention artists, comic books, cosplay, digital lifestyle gear, gadgets & tech gear, creative arts pieces and SA's biggest BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console) LAN.

rAGE EXPO

At R160 for a day pass (access for one day only) and R320 for a weekend pass (access for all three days), your rAge ticket gives you access to the entire expo: all the displays and activities on the show floor, all the latest in gaming hardware and software, all the stage entertainment, all the esports spectating, cosplay, geek arts and culture, locally developed games on the home_coded stand and a wide variety of gaming apparel and accessories. There’s so much to see and do, guaranteeing a full weekend’s worth of excitement and entertainment!

rAge Expo

Tickets for the expo are on sale now and tickets to the NAG LAN, Southern Africa’s largest BYOC LAN, will be on sale from 27 July via the rAge website, so keep your eyes peeled because they move like lightning.

rAge Expo

New games to play, the latest gaming hardware to try out, esports play and spectating, locally developed games, show specials, competitions and giveaways – the weekend is going to be so jam-packed with things to do, play and see. Seriously, it’s going to blow your mind.

When Is It?

Friday, 27 September 2019 – Sunday, 29 September 2019. Dates and times are as follows:

Where Is It?

Ticketpro Dome, Corner Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road, Northriding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Day Pass – R160 per person (ticket valid for entry for one day only).

Weekend Pass – R320 per person (ticket valid for entry for all three days).

Children under 6 enter for free.

The following tickets are only available to purchase at the door:

Family Pass – R540 per family (ticket valid for one day for 2 adults + 2 children aged between 6 & 18).

Student Pass – R110 per person (ticket valid for Friday only upon presentation of valid student card).

Purchase tickets online here or at Ticketpro outlets.

For More Information 

For more information contact 011 794 5800 or email [email protected] or visit www.rageexpo.co.za.

Geek Hang-outs In The City

DeeTwenty Geeking Venue – Randburg

Looking to meet and hang out out with fellow geeks and play a few rounds of Dungeons & Dragons or Magic? Then make sure you head to DeeTwenty Geeking Venue in Malanshof, Randburg. They offer a great space where visitors can do the things that nerds love doing. It’s R55 for a day pass (rate seen as of March 2017), which includes WiFi access, bottomless drinks and, of course, a variety of games! Don't forget to check out their Facebook page for scheduled events.

The Nexus Gaming Centre – Randburg

Being the new home of AWX and Outer Limits, the two-storey Nexus Gaming Centre opened in December 2016 and is just the place for gamers and geeks alike. You can expect a variety of geekish experiences from gaming stores offering PS4 titles, board games and figurines to LAN setups and a restaurant where you can fuel up before your next gaming session. Find it at 21 Harley Street, Ferndale, Randburg.

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Geek Events To Look Out For This Year

Fantasy Fayre 2017 – 02 April 2017

Calling all faeries, gallant knights, fair maidens and steampunk elves! For the first time in Joburg, Neigh-Bours Magic Medieval Fayre presents the Fantasy Fayre 2017, taking place in Muldersdrift this April! Spend the afternoon enjoying a variety of medieval and fantasy games, strolling through a fantasy-themed market filled with plenty of craftsmen and playing dress up!

GeekFest 2017 – 13 and 14 May 2017

GeekFest has become one of the most popular annual geek gatherings in the city. There’s something for everyone at GeekFest, from Robo Wars and LARPing to medieval combat displays, cosplay and a massive themed market. And this year, grab your co-geeks or go solo at the Geeklympics. Click here to get your tickets now.

ICON CGC – 16 to 18 June 2017

ICON CGC is SA's longest running comics and gaming convention, and this year they’ll be celebrating their 25th anniversary! Geeks of all ages can head to Gallagher Convention Centre to gather, shop and play at this signature event. There will plenty of table-top and board gaming warfare, cosplay competitions and plenty of fun for all, whether you’re full-on geek or geek-curious.

LANX 2017 – 06 to 09 July 2017

Gamers, we haven’t forgotten about you! On 01 April, tickets will go on sale for LANX 2017, which will be taking place at Joni Bach Sport Centre in Pretoria North this July. This is the ideal event if you’re interested in a competitive gaming experience and want to check out the latest in gadget and technology trends. Not only will you be absorbed into the world of gaming, there’ll also be great prizes up for grabs and the opportunity to meet and mingle with other like-minded people.

rAge 2017 – 06 to 08 October 2017

Another unmissable geek event that takes place every year is rAge! For all things that fall under video gaming, gadgets, technology and the geek lifestyle, this is your one-stop destination. Take a glimpse into the future, take a couple of pictures with awesome cosplayers and enter a virtual world to escape reality for the weekend.

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Shop Geek At These Stores

Zed Bees Comic Universe South Africa

No matter what comics you’re into, be it Marvel, DC, Image or even Dark House, Zed Bees Comic Universe is just the place if you’re looking to stock up on reading material and graphic novels in paperbacks or hardcovers. They also offer a collection of action figurines, toys, statues and displays for your geek paraphernalia.

Cosmic Comics

As the name suggests, it’s all about the comics at Cosmic Comics! You can get your hands on a variety of new and back-issue comic books and other pop-culture collectables here, including Funko Pops. You can either pop into the store and see what they have available or shop in the comfort of your own home on their site. Shopping has never been easier.

Dark Carnival

And finally, but certainly not least, for all your geek merchandise, The Dark Carnival has all things geek including clothing and accessories, fandom items and collectables. Personal favourites from their online catalogue include the Jack Skellington messenger bag, Star Trek and Harry Potter scatter cushions, and Adventure Time onesies!

All Things Geek In The City

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