The Brooklyn Museum always has the coolest exhibits. If Killer Heels weren’t your thing, then surely The Rise of Sneaker Culture must be. I go both ways myself. For me, the real excitement started with my first Reebok high tops around 1983. Of course, they had to be worn with my colorful array of EG Smith slouch socks. Speaking of, why hasn’t anyone brought those back? I mean, a museum could do a whole show on the evolution of socks, and EGs would steal the spotlight for sure. But I digress….
The Rise of Sneaker Culture is a really fun show that includes more than 150 pairs of sneakers. More specifically, the exhibit takes viewers on a journey from pointy-toe creations from the mid-19th century to current rubber-sole icons. Formerly just a practicality for comfort and sports, the sneaker has become the ultimate status symbol for many individuals, and even entire cultures. Seriously, I know teenagers who are paying for their college education by continuously camping out for the newest Nikes and reselling them. The show features not only the best of the traditional sneaker manufacturers such as Nike, Adidas, Converse, Puma, and Reebok, but it also covers “fashion” sneakers by designers including Prada and Pierre Hardy as well as artist collaborations with some of my faves like Shantell Martin. The survey even shares private sneaker-collector archives. Hate to sound corny, but this exhibit really is the perfect family activity on a hot summer day–I always like to “sneak” in culture with Mr. Dottie and the kids any way I can!
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
On View Until October 4, 2015
200 Eastern Parkway