March 24, 2011 BY Aaron Kr.
Now that you’ve been formally introduced to The ShoeZeum and officially welcomed, it’s time to really start getting into the good stuff. Does anybody out there like Air Jordans? If you consider yourself an admirer of the Air Jordan lineage, what you’re about to see is something truly breathtaking. If The ShoeZeum was only a quarter of its size and solely contained Jordan Geller’s nearly 500 pair Air Jordan collection, it would still easily be worth the trip out to San Diego. Over the years, Sneaker News has brought you looks at some pretty enviable Jordan collections, but it’s safe to say that none have ever flaunted a spread like this.
To describe The ShoeZeum’s Air Jordan exhibit as thorough would be a flagrant understatement. With the exception of only a handful of super-rare early OG’s and a few easily forgettable late model colorways, you will find just about every version ever produced of every Air Jordan signature model. The shoes are displayed in chronological order, starting at the beginning with a whopping 10 OG pairs of the Air Jordan 1 in various colorways, including the original AJKO. From there, every numbered Air Jordan is grouped from shelf to shelf as you make your way clockwise through the 360 degree display ranging from 1985 and Michael’s first shoe all the way up to the present with the Air Jordan 2011.
The fourth and final side of the Air Jordan section showcases a massive layout of the entire Countdown Pack with multiple sets of the juicier offerings. In front of the Collezione installment sits a large table with all the Nike Dunks inspired by Jordan models and that still doesn’t cover all the Air Jordan fire found within. Upstairs, you’ll find a collection of charity-related shoes that features all four Jordan models from the Doernbecher series, and a walk around the corner will lead you to the Eminem AJ II and both the Eminem and Undefeated Air Jordan IV’s.
Not too many holes to find here. From OG’s right up to a full set of Bin 23 Premios, The ShoeZeum has it all covered – and in many cases, multiple times. And the love for His Airness doesn’t stop there. The ShoeZeum’s sprawling concrete walls are adorned with over 100 Michael Jordan posters, as well as some amazing store displays and large promotional items. Enough setup – the images that await you will speak for themselves. Continue on after the jump for a video introduction to the Air Jordan segment of our ongoing look inside The ShoeZeum and head over to Sneaker News HD for the full gallery of images. You’re in for a treat. Enjoy!