If you’re like us, the first question you ask yourself when you pick a fabric to work with or try on a garment in a store is: what shoes am I going to wear with this? You can have the perfect top, or the perfect dress, but without the right shoes, it’s not going to go anywhere.
As you’ve surely noticed in recent years, sneakers have completely taken over the fashion industry (as has sportswear in general). We’ve seen them on the runway at Chanel, Lanvin, Hussein Chalayan, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Prada and of course Yohji Yamamoto. It seems everyone has collaborated on a pair a sneakers, everyone from Britney Spears to Damien Hirst by way of Kanye West and Jeremy Scott.
Riding the immense wave of popularity, the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) has a new exhibit that just opened last week called: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (on until October 4th).
The exhibit contains over 150 pairs of sneakers, the oldest being from the 1860s! They have everything from the first Converse All Stars (1917) all the way to the revolutionary game changing Air Jordans, who paved the way for sneaker culture as we now know it.
In the world we live in today, it’s impossible to be into style and fashion and not have a sneaker fetish. Which is why we think this exhibit is going to be fascinating, both historically educational and totally inspiring at the same time.
Are you planning on seeing it?
The Rise of Sneaker Culture is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. It is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum.
The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.