I had an interesting experience at the end of my quick visit to The Vegas this afternoon. My friend Thistle and I happened across the grand opening of The Shoezeum. And no, I haven’t made a spelling error.
The Shoezeum is a labour of love on the part of Jordy Geller. Inspired by his marathon runner father, Mr Geller developed a Marcosian obsession for footwear, albeit one that focuses upon the Nike. He parlayed this obsession into buying and reselling the shoes, and ultimately shoecasing his collection of thousands of kicks (it puts my 12 pair of All Stars to shame) in a 7500 square foot exhibit, displaying everything from an aerodynamic pair inspired by Michael J Fox’s in the second Back to the Future to a veritable altar to basketball legend Michael Jordan. I was simply too amazed to take out my camera and take a picture. People were loving it and even the town mayor put in an appearance.
He’s opened it in downtown Vegas’ Neonopolis complex in yet another step in the gentrification and rebuilding of the former city center. Admission is $10, well worth it to anyone with a kink for athletic clogs. We really do live in a country where anyone can make their dreams come true.