A Look Inside 'The Rise Of Sneaker Culture' Exhibit At Brooklyn Museum

If you’re looking to brush up on some of your sneaker knowledge, the Brooklyn Museum will have you covered this Summer. If you already know it all and just want a close up look at some rare kicks like the ‘Pigeon’ Dunks, OG Air Jordan 5s, or ‘Stewie Griffin’ LeBron VI- the BK Museum is the place to be.

From July 10th to October 4th, the Brooklyn Museum, located on 200 Eastern Parkway in BK, will be opening their ‘Rise Of Sneaker Culture’ exhibition to the public. 

Yesterday, we had an opportunity to preview the space, which is a must-see for any sneakerheads in New York.

The exhibit includes roughly 150 pairs of kicks from their modest origins in the mid-19th century to the high-end sneakers that we’ve grown accustomed to today.

For those who are truly interested in the history of footwear, there is extensive information on pieces dating back to the early 1900’s up until now. 

For those who are more interested in the hip-hop inspired kicks like the Yeezys, and an autographed pair of the Run DMX x Keith Haring Adidas, they’ve got that too. 

Of course, there’s a section dedicated just to the Jordanheads, as well as some of the other notable NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill.

The full exhibit is broken down into six separate sections including: Innovation, Rubber Revolution, Body/Sole, Fashion/Fitness, Air Jordan, and Fresh.

All of the major brands including Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma and Reebok are featured along with works from sneaker gurus such as Bobbito Garcia and Dee Wells.

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.

If you’re even slightly into sneakers, the exhibit is worth the trip and you’ve got plenty of time from now until October 4th to check it out. 


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