The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world. The exhibition explores the evolution of the sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon. Included are works from collections such as the Bata Shoe Museum; the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, andReebok; as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Excerpts from the documentary Just for Kicks, covering sneaker culture from the 1970s to 2004, will be screened as well.
The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, debuts at the Brooklyn Museum on July 10 and continues on view through October 4, 2015, before traveling to three other museums.