2021 Exhibition

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired subcultures and shaken the world of fashion.

Stay ahead of the crowd with Early Bird ticket vouchers now on sale or become a member for unlimited entry.


StockX is a Detroit-based technology leader focused on the large and growing online resale marketplace for sneakers, apparel, accessories, collectibles, and electronics. The platform connects buyers and sellers using the dynamic pricing mechanics of the world’s stock markets.

Jordan 1 High Dior

Yeezy 350 Zebra

Jordan 4 Off White Sail

Nike Alpha fly Next%

Reebok Freestyle

180 Strand by A Cold Wall*

Helen Kirkum X Casely Hayford AW 2017. Pair CH TX65. Image by: Rachel Dray.

Adidas FutureCraft.Strung shoe-making robot

Adidas FutureCraft.Strung shoe-making robot

What to expect

Know your Air Jordans from your Air Force 1s?

From trainers originally designed for specific athletic activities like the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, the Puma Disc, and Nike Alpha fly Next%, discover how sneakers such as the Reebok Instapump Fury, the Vans Half Cab and the Asics Gel Lyte III have become cultural symbols of our times.

Take a journey through the design process behind some of the most technically inventive shoes of today with the Adidas FutureCraft.Strung shoe-making robot designed by Kram/Weisshaar, Satoshi, a brand using blockchain certification and the world’s first biologically active shoes developed by MIT Design Lab and Biorealize for Puma.

Then delve into the lucrative resale market that is currently valued at $6 billion in data visualisations from Stock X, before reliving the streetwear staple's high-fashion reinvention including sneakers by Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons and Y3 and runway looks from A-COLD-WALL* and Craig Green.

Uncover the icons and collaborations that have shaped the sneaker scene over the years from Michael Jordan and Run-DMC to Kanye West, experience visuals and graphic work from Jamel Shabazz, Grace Ladoja, Simon Wheatley and Reuben Dangoor, and meet the designers working to make the industry more sustainable, Stella McCartney, Helen Kirkum and Alex Taylor.

Behind the Artwork

Graphic designer Jack Harper has created the unique visual artwork for Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street.

Discover the process and inspiration behind his bold design.

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