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Antiques Roadshow viewers baffled as man brings Nike Air Jordans on the show

Katherine Sidnell

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Time to dust off your old trainers as they could be worth a bob or two!

This is exactly what one sneakerhead did recently after he decided to showcase his vast collection of trainers to Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill.

Despite the collection being worth a considerable amount of money, fans were a tad unimpressed with the nostalgic sneaker display.

The huge collection consisted of over 850 pairs, some of which were brought in by a guest to Belmont House, Kent.


Surrounded by the colourful shoes, he talked Hill through his collection, which included a pair of Reeboks in collaboration with McClaren: “These are one of the oldest pairs in my collection. These Reeboks are a collaboration with McLaren so they were worn in the '92 champions races.

"There was only around 42 made for the pit crew.”

And they weren't the only interesting item on display during the segment.

The collectables have raised a few eyebrows with viewers. Credit: BBC
The collectables have raised a few eyebrows with viewers. Credit: BBC

“If you are US based you might know Jordan's. Here I have a pair of B'red Joran 1's,” he told viewers.

“Back in the day the NBA only allowed you to wear certain colours and these were brought out to catch people's eye and to break the rules.”

Showing off the box fresh sneakers with their still intact tags, he added: “Every game Michael Jordan wore them and got fined so that's why people want the shoe. New I bought them for £120, now they would go for around £850.”

Surprisingly, this NBA rule was even discussed in the film Air, with Vaccaro (played by Matt Damon) promising that Nike would pay any fines Jordan incurred whilst wearing the sneakers – adding the historic significance of the shoes.


While Hill said it was a ‘developing area’ of antiques, viewers at home weren’t so convinced by the Antiques Roadshow experts appraisal.

The trainers were worth a impressive amount considering how old they are. Credit: BBC
The trainers were worth a impressive amount considering how old they are. Credit: BBC

In fact, the episode has gone semi-viral on Twitter, with users mocking the relatively modern ‘antique’.

One shocked user added shared several snaps from the episode, writing: “How much #antiquesroadshow keep em box fresh people.”


Others agreed with another joked: “Trainers on Antiques Roadshow?! What next? And old Dominos pizza box?!”

Not everyone was so dismissive of the collectables though, with some enjoying the more accessible antique.

“Trainers on the Antiques Roadshow! Good lad,” tweeted one enthusiastic viewer.

We guess not everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop, with modern antiques.

Topics: BBC, TV and Film, Twitter

Katherine Sidnell
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