Details | 5 Of The Rarest Sneakers at the Brooklyn Museum's New Shoe Exhibit

Sneakers are ubiquitous. In fact, if you're in New York City and you take the 2 or 3 subway line to the Brooklyn Museum of Art to take in "The Rise of Sneaker Culture" exhibition (which opened July 10 and runs through October 4), you're confronted with a wall of Converse ads on the station's walls. That campaign leads into the history-filled story of the 98-year-old Chuck Taylor line. The exhibition does the same thing for sneaker culture at large.
Organized by the Bata Museum in Toronto and curated by its chief curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, the collection of kicks includes shoes from as long ago as the mid-19th century. About 150 styles track a trajectory that sees the footwear start as simply utilitarian before growing in popularity, infiltrating both hip hop and sports culture, and then scuffing up alongside fashion brands like Giuseppe Zanotti, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.

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