Monday, July 27, 2015

Just for Kicks

The sneaker has greatly evolved since its start as a functional fitness shoe in the mid-nineteenth century. The Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” takes visitors on a journey of athletic footwear, featuring film clips, photography, designs, and 150 pairs of sneakers from the top names in the business. Adidas, Air Jordans, Converse, Nike, and Reebok’s “Pump” Sneakers are just some of the brands recognized as favorites of the 1980s. During this time, sneakers served as a symbol of image and status and played a big role in expanding men’s fashion in particular. The exhibit shows how sneaker culture was a movement that emerged quietly in the streets, on the basketball courts, and with music. The group “Run-D.M.C.” was integral in linking sneaker culture and the hip-hop scene, with not only the classic song “My Adidas” but also for the breakthrough collaboration with the Adidas athletic apparel brand. This paved the way for future collaborations among musicians and brands, and it wasn’t long before top fashion designers started creating their own designs. Gucci was one of the first to produce a luxury tennis shoe, reinventing the sneaker yet again. Chanel and Reebok joined forces in 1997 to create the highly desirable product “Insta Pump Fury,” and in the 2000s, other designers like Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens, and Christian Louboutin added their innovative looks to the market. Advancements in technology and design of athletic footwear are continually being refined to maximize comfort and function, but, of course, we can’t forget about the need for style!

Come visit the Adrian G. Marcuse Library to discover these books on sneaker culture:

by Sneaker Freaker (Magazine)

[Call number: 397.41 SNE]

by Intercity Design
[Call number: 685.31 INT]

by Manami Okazaki
[Call number: 391.413 OKA]

by Jemayne L. King
[Call number: 397.41 KIN]

by Tom Vanderbilt
[Call number: 685.31 VAN]

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Posted on July 27, 2015 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)