Lyst presents an exhibition created in search and celebration of the 25 greatest sneakers of all time
Curated by leading international sneaker expert, Neal Heard, the exhibition is both a history and an homage – revealing the secret stories behind the creation of the most iconic sneakers ever made; providing a fascinating narrative of the integral role they played within key sporting & cultural movements throughout the 20th & 21st century; and even offering a glimpse into the psychological hinterland of the cult of sneaker obsession.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is an entire wall devoted to the twenty-five greatest sneakers of all time, as voted for by an international online poll of the general public, starting from a longlist created by an international panel of over 25 industry experts including DJ Clark Kent, Dave Hewitson (80s Casuals), Jockey (Transalpino Liverpool); Gwarizm Gary Warnett; Nick Santora (Classic Kicks), Air Rev (Sneakernews) and Atip (High Snobriety) – with an individual history for each of the sneakers. But some modern classics are also on display, including the super hot Adidas NMD x Bape R1 and the Adidas UltraBoost x Parley collabs.
Exploring the obsessive devotion inspired by sneakers, the exhibition also offers a look ‘Inside The Mind of a Sneakerhead’ in the form of a hidden installation featuring the highlights of the renowned collections of two sneaker obsessives, Brooksy and Kish Kash.
“Our intention has been to create an exhibition that will engage both the general public and the purist sneakerhead. We’ve worked hard to find a balance between giving the broad sweep of sneaker history as well as the secret stories & anecdotes associated with the personalities, companies, controversies, cultural movements and, of course, the sneakers themselves.” Neal Heard, Curator.
“Millions of shoppers use Lyst to search for their dream sneakers online. This exhibition brings to life the world of sneaker culture, the history and the myths that surround these iconic shoes, as well as celebrating some of the world’s favourite
styles.” Rory Scott, Lyst. Check out Lyst.co.uk for more top fashion bits for both men and women.
What: Exhibition G.O.A.T. Sneakers – in association with Lyst
When: Dates Jan 26th – Feb 5th
Where: Venue The Archivist’s Gallery, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET
Nearest Stations: Haggerston (3 mins); Old Street (10 mins); Highbury & Islington (14 mins)