Some rare sneakers will be on display, including a pair worn by Michael Jordan in the ’80s, Kanye West’s first collaboration, a Back to the Future-inspired drop (signed by Kobe Bryant) and more.
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Today, online marketplace eBay is collecting some of the world’s rarest — and guaranteed authentic — sneakers for temporary display.
These include the Air Jordan 1 Chicago from 1985, worn during a basketball game by Michael Jordan (a size 13 on the left foot and a size 13.5 on the right); the first sneaker designed by Kanye West before Yeezy, in collaboration with Bapestas in 2007; the Nike Hyperdunk inspired by Marty McFly Back to the future 2008, with only 350 copies (and the one presented signed by Kobe Bryant); one of 500 pairs from the luxury streetwear collaboration between Pharrell Williams, Chanel and Adidas NMD; and 2009’s first Air Yeezy 1 Zen Gray, Nike’s first signature sneaker with a non-athlete.
There will also be shoes on display from the personal collection of eBay Australia’s resident sneaker expert, a Melbourne-based sneaker collector (who has nearly 700 pairs in his collection) and a prototype from the innovation designer of Yeezy Footwear.
The first 100 visitors to the pop-up each day will also receive a candle specially designed to recreate the smell of fresh new sneakers.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry.