A Definitive Guide to Sneakers (And their History)
A few weeks ago we shared some news about the Brooklyn Museum’s “Rise of Sneaker Culture” exhibition. The exhibit, drawn from the collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, significant private collectors, and other museums and archives is now on the move and currently calling Ohio’s Toledo Museum of Art home. Unable to make it to Brooklyn and Ohio just a little too far?
For those of us unable to check out this killer exhibit in person, Elizabeth Semmelhack has just the thing. Acclaimed shoe historian and senior curator at the Bata Museum, Semmelhack has authored a book inspired by the exhibit and it’s already being touted as “something akin to a holy text” for sneaker devotees.
Semmelhack has assembled people from all walks of the creative world of sneakers — think Tinker Hatfield, Bobbito Garcia, Eric Avar, Walt Frazier, and Christian Louboutin to name a few — in order to track the rise of the sneaker from basic athletic gear to it’s current place as pop culture icon and status symbol. Exploring over two centuries (don’t miss the spiked running shoe from 1860!) worth of trends, marketing, and technological advances, the book is truly a thoughtful, comprehensive, and highly educational history all sneakerheads should own.
Interviewees range from design innovators, high profile collectors, and various curators from around the globe. But of course that’s not all — there are HUNDREDS of full color photos depicting the most “grail-status” kicks to ever be created. Whether you buy this for yourself or as a gift (or a gift to yourself? We’re not judging.) it’s sure to be a win.
PS. Today we’re officially kicking off our DIRTIEST KICKS CONTEST! Got some dirty, beat up, beyond salvageable kicks? We want to see them. And then we want to clean them. That’s right! Ship them to us for a complimentary cleaning and we’ll send them back looking fresh. With the help of our Facebook and Twitter followers, we’ll select the top 3 dirtiest kicks and then share the videos of us bringing them back to life. So go on, show us what you’ve got and we’ll show you just how serious we are about being the best, most premium cleaner out there. Tag #RufusCleanMyKicks to enter!