Sneaker Heads Unite! 140 Iconic Sneakers Come to OMCA

Sneaker Heads Unite! 140 Iconic Sneakers Come to OMCA

Photographs courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California

Photographs courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California

I'll admit, I love my sneakers but a serious part of footwear history is coming Oakland and it's highlighting everything from hype to classic design to avant-garde. Sneaker heads, get in the know!

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, the first museum exhibition in the US to explore the significance, complex history, and design evolution of sneakers. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, the touring exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and the Bata Shoe Museum, and is curated by Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack.

Sneakers are a no brainier, worn by millions and millions of people a day, we seriously take for granted the fact shoes encompass a design aesthetic that appeals to our subconsciousness without even us knowing. “Sneakers are more than just a shoe—they are an expression of personal identity and a reflection of pop culture, whether it’s the latest sports fashion or technology-driven creations,” says OMCA Curator of Public Practice Evelyn Orantes. “This exhibition offers a fascinating look at their evolution over the years, showcasing how social influences and technology impact design and creativity.”

Some of the most legendary sneakers are in attendance, some include hip-hop legendary group Run DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. The three sections of this exhibition will explore sneaker and shoe design from the 1820's till now!

// OMCA, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, museumca.org, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture will be on display in OMCA’s Great Hall December 22, 2016 – April 2, 2017

The Oakland Museum of California's special exhibition, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, chronicles how sneakers have evolved into a cultural force in fashion and self-expression. See over 140 rare and iconic shoes from renowned collections and designers, including Louis Vuitton, Pierre Hardy, Nike, Christian Louboutin, Adidas, Reebok, and more.
 
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