Norwood’s sneaker museum tells the history of Air Jordan

NORWOOD – When you walk into the Sneaker Museum in Norwood, you’ll see a lot of Air Jordans.

More specifically, you’ll see 1,078 pairs.

Richard Kosow and his business partner Dee Wells founded the museum in 2012 to educate people about sneaker art and culture.

“(Michael) Jordan’s ability draws you in, and when I saw what was coming, I was drawn to it,” Corso told WBZ-TV. “I just love these things so much that I don’t want to wear them. I buy one and put one away.”

“His sneakers, his swagger on the field, but also off the field, everything he does makes us all aspire or be like Mike,” Wells said.

Among them is a pair of first-year Air Jordans designed specifically for Boston and signed by Bill Russell as a pair designed specifically for Black History Month.

They also have a pair commemorating Michael Jordan’s brief minor league baseball career.

“So it was like a baseball glove. When he first started playing for the (Birmingham) Barons,” Wells said.

It’s not just sneakers. There is also a lot of Michael Jordan memorabilia.

“It’s really a cultural capsule and you can say you have something from every decade. You also have something that spans the globe. It’s not just domestic, these are sneakers that everyone can relate to,” Wells said.

Wells and Corso said they haven’t met Jordan in person yet, but maybe one day.

For more information about the museum, visit their website.

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