From Kanye West’s Yeezys, which sold for $90,000 at auction earlier this year, to the last heeled collaboration between Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, a new exhibition in Covent Garden Piazza is exploring the history of shoes and their place in culture.
A 1980s pair of Gucci tennis trainers represent the first fashion brand to incorporate a functional sports shoe into a luxury collection.
A pair of Vans, designed by artist Peter Max during the 1960s, are said to represent the first meeting of art and sport.
The Nike Dunk High SB UNKLE – aka the DUNKLE – was one of the biggest sneaker releases of 2004. The project was a collaboration between UK-based DJ and producer James Lavelle, New York graffiti artist Futura 2000 and art director and designer Ben Drury.
Artist Eric Quebral combines carpentry and his love of sneakers in a series of layered and cut wood-grain artworks.
Other shoes on display include plimsolls worn by singer Liam Gallagher, Mo Farah’s gold-winning track shoes, Spice Girl Mel B’s Buffalo boots and the pair Roger Bannister used to run the first four-minute mile, in 1950.
- Sneaking into Fashion runs until October 28 2012. Open 9am-7pm. The exhibition has been created by Javari.co.uk.