August 15

HIGH MUSEUM: THE RISE OF SNEAKER CULTURE

This exhibition includes 155 sneakers and follows the evolution of the sneaker from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture and marker of masculine identity. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum, The Rise of Sneaker Culture examines the sneaker’s complex social history and immense cultural significance.

Included are works from the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneakers by Prada and other major fashion design houses and designers as well as those made in collaboration with artists including Damien Hirst and Kanye West. Film footage, interactive media, photographic images, and design drawings contextualize the sneakers and explore the social history, technical innovations, fashion trends, and marketing campaigns that have shaped sneaker culture over the past two centuries.

Text:  Courtesy of The High Museum

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POSSE PHOTOS:

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Introductions with Bryan

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Introductions with Bryan

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Introducing ourselves

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Introducing ourselves continued

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Sneaker introduction with the group

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Exhibition entrance

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Awesome examples of sneakers

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More sneakers

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Air Jordans

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Sneakers from the exhibition

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Sneakers from the exhibition

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Sneakers from the exhibition

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Sneakers from the exhibition

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Gathering around the cases at the start of the exhibition

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Nike sneakers with Barak Obama soles

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Nike sneakers with Barak Obama soles

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Freaking out about the vintage sneakers

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Vintage leather sneakers

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Vintage sneakers

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Early sneakers

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More freaking out abut the vintage sneakers

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Watching the loop of video about sneakers in music videos

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My favorite vintage sneakers

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Bryan with the group

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Group shot

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Silly faces group shot

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Finally a photo of Antoine