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A Sneak Peek at the High Museum of Art’s Rise of Sneaker Culture Exhibit
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A Sneak Peek at the High Museum of Art’s Rise of Sneaker Culture Exhibit

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The High Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, opens on June 10, 2016 and will showcase the evolution of sneaker culture. From the 19th century plimsoles (later called “sneakers”) to the explosion of the culture in the 1980’s and 90’s, the popularity of the sneaker took hold in not only sports but also in fashion and music.

From the Air Jordan I of the 1980’s to the modern day sneakers available from Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok, the exhibit will not only feature an impressive display of sneakers, visitors can also view design sketches, photos and film footage that detail the story of how these shoes became so important to urban culture. Visitors can expect to see exclusives from private collectors such as sneakerhead Bobbito Garcia, hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. And if you’re looking for more of a high end product to check out, they’ll even have designs on display from Prada and Christian Louboutin, as well as collaborative pieces by Kanye West and other well-known sneaker connoisseurs.

Here’s a taste of some of the designs you can expect to see at the exhibit (as well as a few of our favorites – how cute are the first ones!!)

The High Museum of Art’s Rise of Sneaker Culture

Dominion Rubber Company Fleet Foot, ca. 1925 Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum Photo: Hal Roth Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Dominion Rubber Company Fleet Foot, ca. 1925
Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum
Photo: Hal Roth
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood Running Shoe, 1860–65 Northampton Museums and Art Gallery Photo: Greg Washington Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood Running Shoe, 1860–65
Northampton Museums and Art Gallery
Photo: Greg Washington
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Common Projects Achilles Low, 2015 Collection of Common Projects Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Common Projects Achilles Low, 2015
Collection of Common Projects Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Nike Air Jordan III, 1988 Kosow Sneaker Museum (Electric Purple Chameleon, LLC) Photo: © Kathy Tarantola Photography Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Nike
Air Jordan III, 1988
Kosow Sneaker Museum (Electric Purple Chameleon, LLC) Photo: © Kathy Tarantola Photography
Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Pierre Hardy Poworama, 2011 Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, gift of Pierre Hardy Photo: Ron Wood Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Pierre Hardy Poworama, 2011
Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, gift of Pierre Hardy Photo: Ron Wood
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Common Projects Achilles Low, 2015 Collection of Common Projects Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Common Projects Achilles Low, 2015
Collection of Common Projects Courtesy American Federation of Arts
PUMA x Undefeated Clyde Gametime Gold, 2012 PUMA Archives Photo: Ron Wood Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
PUMA x Undefeated
Clyde Gametime Gold, 2012
PUMA Archives
Photo: Ron Wood
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Louis Vuitton x Kanye West Don, 2009 Private Collection Photo: Ron Wood Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Louis Vuitton x Kanye West Don, 2009
Private Collection
Photo: Ron Wood
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
Nike x Staple Design Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon, 2005 Collection of Jeff Staple Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Nike x Staple Design
Dunk Low Pro SB Pigeon, 2005
Collection of Jeff Staple
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Like what you see? Find the evolution as fascinating as we do? The High Museum of Art will be hosting a launch party for the new exhibit, which promises to be an epically cool evening – complete with a well-known DJ spinning. If you’re interested in attending it will be Friday, June 10th from 7pm to 10pm, and you can find out all the details here.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit will be on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from June 11, 2016 – August 14, 2016! Be sure to check it out while you’ll can!

This post is sponsored by the High Museum of Art; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. She updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002!

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