Brooklyn Museum to Mount Major Sneaker Exhibition, “The Rise of Sneaker Culture”

Sneakers may be the last article of clothing you put on, but you model the rest of your outfit around them. They’re the icing on the cake, the delicious filling in the donut. And more than any other part of your ‘fit, sneakers have changed drastically over the years. Just look at some of the kicks basketball players were wearing in the 1950s, and look at what they’re wearing now. It’s night and day, really. Sneakers have progressed so much over the years, making and wearing sneakers has become its own art form. Now, thanks to the Brooklyn Museum, sneakers will finally get their own exhibit.

Starting in July, the Brooklyn Museum will have an exhibit called The Rise of Sneaker Culture. The exhibit, dedicated “solely” to sneakers (badoom-tish) will explore the complex social history as well as the cultural significance of sneaker culture. Displaying over 150 different pairs of kicks, including adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok, the exhibit will also feature the personal collections of Famous sneakerheads such as Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells, of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. On top of all of the footwear, The Rise of Sneaker Culture will feature film footage, interactive media, photographic images, technical innovations, fashion trends, and marketing campaigns that have shaped sneaker culture over the past two centuries.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture will be open at the Brooklyn Museum from July 10 to October 4.

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