Whether it’s the classics that you’re into, or the new futuristic-looking shoes that comply with this generation’s sneakerhead community, sneakers have always been an essential part fashion that can easily be used to dress fancy or street.
Being one of the key urban hubs of fashion, it’s fairly easy to say that trendsetters are born in the streets of New York, so there’s no question as to why Brooklyn is a perfect home to The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition.
From now until October 4, 2015, you can check out the exhibition that contains roughly 150 of The most iconic sneakers, ranging from Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma and Reebok. Collaborations with hip-hop legends, artists like Damien Hirst and major fashion designers like Prada will also be featured in the exhibit.
Here’s a small preview of some of the historic sneakers that the exhibit will entail.
The one that started it all, The 1985 Air Jordan 1, a must-have-sneaker for the Jordan collectors. Although it’s been remade throughout the years, the original version is currently resold from anywhere between $1500-$2000.
Run-DMC’s single “My Adidas” was released in 1986, which led them to a seven-figure contract with Adidas, becoming the first non-athletes to officially have a deal with the sneaker company. Nowadays we have people like Mr. West to sponsor Adidas, but Run-DMC definitely paved the way for shoe companies to open up their doors to have sponsored musicians.
Last but not least for this list is the original Converse All Stars from 1917, the original basketball shoe. Looking at the basketball sneakers they use today, one can only imagine what the old stars had to go through wearing these on a game-to-game basis.
It’s seems like sneaker heaven for shoeheads and sneakerlovers alike. You’ll get a nice peek at some of the most momentous sneakers known to man, while also getting a piece of mind on the history that follows each step of the shoes.
So make sure next time you’re in town, take a couple steps into the Brooklyn Museum and tie your eyes into The Rise of Sneaker Culture.
Story By: Nico Triunfante
Images By: Brooklyn Museum, Ron Wood. (Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum), Converse Archives. (Photo: Courtesy American Federation of Arts)