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The Rise of Sneaker Culture at Brooklyn Museum, July 10 – October 4, 2015

“From their modest origins in the mid-nineteenth century to high-end sneakers created in the past decade, sneakers have become a global obsession. The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world.” — Brooklyn Museum.

Photographs by Corrado Serra

The Rise of Sneaker Culture organized into six sections

Installation view of a section of The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Installation view of a section of The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Manufacturer: Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Co., High-Top, ca. 1900

Manufacturer: Dominion Rubber Company, Fleet Foot, ca. 1925

Manufacturer: Garrison, High-Top, 1940

Manufacturer: Nike, Inc., Air Jordan I, 1985

Manufacturer: Converse Rubber Shoe Company, Weapon, 1986

Manufacturer: PONY, M-100, 1989

Manufacturer: Nike, Inc., Air Zoom Flight 95 Hi Player’s Sample, 1995

Manufacturer: Fila, Grant Hill II, 1996

Designer: Josh Wisdumb. Manufacturer: New Balance, 574, 2005

Manufacturer: Nike, Inc., Stewie Griffin LeBron VI, 2009

Designer: Run-DMC. Manufacturer: adidas, 25th Anniversary Superstar, 2011

Left: Manufacturer: Pierre Hardy, Poworama, 2011. Right: Designer: Pharrell Williams. Manufacturer: adidas, Stan Smith, Polka Dot Small, 2014

Manufacturer: Pierre Hardy, Poworama, 2011

Left: Designer: Hussein Chalayan. Manufacturer: Puma, Urban Swift, 2011. Center: Manufacturer: Nike, Inc., Air Force XXV Mache Customs, 2012

Front: Designer and Manufacturer: Balmain, Leather High Top Sneakers, 2015

Designer and Manufacturer: Balmain, Leather High Top Sneakers, 2015

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