eBay Museum of Authentics

Fri 29th April, 2022 – Sun 1st May, 2022
Neon Parc
15 Tinning Street, Brunswick
Price: Free
Some rare sneakers will be on display – including a pair worn by Michael Jordan in the ’80s, Kanye West’s first collab, a Back to the Future-inspired drop (signed by Kobe Bryant) and more.

It’s hard to spot a fake in the high-end sneaker world – a Broadsheet writer even spoke to a professional sneaker detective about the second-hand sneaker economy and rise of fake designer kicks for our podcast, FYI.

Now online marketplace eBay is bringing together some of the world’s rarest – and guaranteed authentic – sneakers for a pop-up exhibition.

They include Air Jordan 1 Chicago from 1985, worn during a basketball game by Michael Jordan (a size 13 on his left foot and a size 13.5 on the right); the first sneaker designed by Kanye West pre-Yeezy, in collaboration with Bapestas back in 2007; the Marty McFly-inspired Nike Hyperdunk Back to the Future 2008, with only 350 made (and the one on show signed by Kobe Bryant); one of only 500 pairs made of the luxe streetwear collab between Pharrell Williams, Chanel and Adidas NMDs; and the debut Air Yeezy 1 Zen Grey from 2009, Nike’s first signature sneaker with a non-athlete.

There’ll also be shoes on display from the personal collection of eBay Australia’s resident sneaker expert, a Melbourne-based sneaker collector (who has close to 700 pairs in his collection), and a prototype from Yeezy Footwear’s innovation designer.

The first 100 visitors to the pop-up each day will also receive a specially developed candle meant to recreate the smell of fresh new sneakers.

From 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.

More information and tickets here.