Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

The Rise of Sneaker Culture tells the story of the athletic shoe as it evolved over the past two centuries into a staple of casual style and an object of high design, exploring the social history, technological innovations, and cultural trends.
, 'Dutton and Thorowgood, Running shoe,' 1860-1865, American Federation of Arts

Dutton and Thorowgood, Running shoe, 1860-1865

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, 'Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik, Modell Waitzer,' 1936, American Federation of Arts

Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik, Modell Waitzer, 1936

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, 'adidas x Run–DMC, 25th Anniversary Superstar,' 2011, American Federation of Arts

adidas x Run–DMC, 25th Anniversary Superstar, 2011

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, 'Nike, Air Jordan I,' 1985, American Federation of Arts

Nike, Air Jordan I, 1985

American Federation of Arts

, 'Nike x Staple Design, Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon,' 2005, American Federation of Arts

Nike x Staple Design, Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon, 2005

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, 'PUMA x Undefeated, Clyde Gametime Gold,' 2012, American Federation of Arts

PUMA x Undefeated, Clyde Gametime Gold, 2012

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, 'Nike, Foamposite,' 1997, American Federation of Arts

Nike, Foamposite, 1997

American Federation of Arts

, 'Converse, All-Star/Non Skid,' 1917, American Federation of Arts

Converse, All-Star/Non Skid, 1917

American Federation of Arts

, 'Converse, Gripper,' Late 1940's to early 1950's, American Federation of Arts

Converse, Gripper, Late 1940's to early 1950's

American Federation of Arts

, 'adidas, Stan Smith,' ca. 1980, American Federation of Arts

adidas, Stan Smith, ca. 1980

American Federation of Arts

, 'Nike, Air Jordan I,' 1985, American Federation of Arts

Nike, Air Jordan I, 1985

American Federation of Arts

, 'Louis Vuitton x Kanye West, Don,' 2009, American Federation of Arts

Louis Vuitton x Kanye West, Don, 2009

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, 'Common Projects, Achilles Low,' 2015, American Federation of Arts

Common Projects, Achilles Low, 2015

American Federation of Arts

, 'Dominion Rubber Company, Fleet Foot,' ca. 1925, American Federation of Arts

Dominion Rubber Company, Fleet Foot, ca. 1925

American Federation of Arts

, 'Nike, Waffle Trainer,' 1974, American Federation of Arts

Nike, Waffle Trainer, 1974

American Federation of Arts

, 'adidas, Micropacer,' 1984, American Federation of Arts

adidas, Micropacer, 1984

American Federation of Arts

, 'Nike x Supreme, Dunk High Pro SB,' 2003, American Federation of Arts

Nike x Supreme, Dunk High Pro SB, 2003

American Federation of Arts

, 'Pierre Hardy, Poworama,' 2011, American Federation of Arts

Pierre Hardy, Poworama, 2011

American Federation of Arts

, 'Nike, Air Jordan III,' 1988, American Federation of Arts

Nike, Air Jordan III, 1988

American Federation of Arts