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The Best Sneaker Documentaries to watch during lockdown


The Best Sneaker Documentaries to watch during lockdown

Includes Bubbleheads of Cape Town, Sole Man & more.

For all our readers who are crazy about sneakers and enjoy watching documentaries, then this one is for you.

Since we are all under the lockdown – it might be a perfect time to catch up on something interesting, so we have put together a list of interesting sneaker doccies to watch, more especially if you would like to learn something new.

The list ranges from Bubbleheads of Cape Town, Sole Man, and The Last Dance.

See the list below and enjoy:

Just for Kicks (2005)

A 2005  documentary film about the sneaker phenomena and history. It includes self-confessed “sneakerheads” like Grandmaster Caz, Reverend Run, and Missy Elliott. It tells the story of the Nike Air Force Ones, which are called “Uptowns” in New York, and the beginning of Air Jordans. The documentary also tells the story of how hip-hop pioneers DJ Run, Jam Master Jay, and DMC had everyone wearing Adidas Superstars with their song “My Adidas”.

WATCH (on YouTube)



Tinker Hatfield : Footwear Design – Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)

The episode profiles college track-and-field athlete Tinker Hatfield, who’s journey into architecture accompanied by his background in sports sparked a career of game-changing shoe designs for Nike, including the legendary Air Jordan.

WATCH (on YouTube / Netflix)



The Last Dance (2020)

The hit docu-series gives a definitive account of Michael Jordan’s career and the Chicago Bulls, packed with unaired footage from the 1997–98 Bulls season, his final season with the team.

WATCH (on Netflix)



Bubbleheads of Cape Town

Starring Youngsta CPT, Sneaker Cartel’s Rolo Rozay, Yaya Jeff of Unwanted Kicks, Zaid Osman, Justin ‘Bubble Koppe’ Ronne, and more, the documentary focuses on Cape Flats bubbleheads and their obsession about the takkies, and how the ‘bubbles’ are a big deal in Cape Town.

WATCH (on YouTube)



Sole Man: 30 for 30

Sonny Vaccaro is the controversial figure at the center of the 30 for 30 film “Sole Man”. The documentary explores the role Vaccaro played in building the sneaker industry by signing players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and (almost) LeBron James to multimillion-dollar sneaker deals.

WATCH (on Dstv catchup)



Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1 (2018)

Unbanned explores the dynamic life of Air Jordan 1 from its unlikely origins to its role in disrupting NBA rules, birthing sneaker culture, and influencing a social and cultural revolution. This is the story of a shoe that changed the world.

WATCH (on Hulu)


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