Now that you’ve had a chance to sober up from our trip to the Break Room, it’s on to the rest of the upstairs area to explore some more features of The ShoeZeum. The second floor contains several displays consisting of shoes inspired by various aspects of entertainment, and of course, each is set up alongside some appropriate props and decorations to further bring the exhibits to life. In this section, you will find Nike shoes modeled after movies, tv shows, album covers, video games and more, reminding us that there really aren’t too many pop culture references left that Nike has yet to translate into sneaker form.
The entertainment portion of The ShoeZeum starts as soon as you get to the top of the stairs, beginning with a musical showcase featuring shoes related to Eminem, DJ AM, The Beatles and U2. Moving left from there, you’ll find an additional selection of music-inspired kicks from several genres of music like the De La Soul Dunks and A Tribe Called Quest Air Jordan 1s reppin for the hip-hop scene, and the Dr. Feelgoods and both Guns N’ Roses Dunks over on the rock side. Rounding out the initial music shelves is the Fallen Heroes Pack, “honoring” some infamous individuals in the record biz complete with CDs, record albums and other memorabilia filling in the gaps in the backdrop.
As you turn the corner, you’ll find some further tributes to the world of music by way of a showcase of the guitar-inspired Nike SB Dunk series and more, including the classic pink-lined Gibson guitar case and a small homage to legendary axe-men Joe Strummer and Eddie Van Halen up above. An about face from there will lead you into a small area focusing on Nikes concocted to embody some of the best in television and movies. The obvious standouts here are the McFly Hyperdunks and the actual pair of Fukijama Air Force 1′s that was featured on the HBO show, Entourage. Some nods to Scarface, Bill Cosby, Teen Wolf, Star Wars, White Men Can’t Jump and more complete the section along with DVDs, toys and other merchandise from each.
The video game portion is not quite as expansive as some of the other themes, but the Playstation Air Force 1 and Air Max 97 make the table a worthwhile stop while you’re making your way around. The Nike x Nintendo Wii pack also shares the table, in addition to some other see-through classics like the Espo Air Force II and Invisible Woman Air Force 1. All in all, one of the more colorful installments of our ShoeZeum coverage, continue on for a full gallery of images for the Music, Movies, TV and Video Games sections and make your way over to Sneaker News to check out the video introductions.