The Rise of Sneaker Culture by Karim Rashid

The world’s largest (and coolest!) collection of shoes is housed inside the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. In the same vein, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the museum’s latest exhibition, designed by Karim Rashid

The Bata Shoe Museum presents “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture”, an exhibition that explores the history of the sneaker from the 19th century through to today. “Out of the Box” is the first exhibition in North America to showcase the history of sneaker culture and will feature over 120 sneakers representing the past 150 years. Highlighting iconic sneakers from the 20th and 21st centuries, Museum visitors will have the opportunity to explore the historical beginnings of the sneaker from its emergence in the 19th century to becoming one of the most democratic forms of footwear in the 20th century to its current position as status symbol and icon of urban culture. All in all, it explores the history and culture of the sneaker from the late 1800s to today through a showcase of well-designed shoes inside 32 translucent acrylic pedestals, a free-standing 40-foot long display case, and five inset wall displays with custom graphics. Not to mention, Eventscape engineered all of the acrylic, millwork, flooring, and metal elements.

Rare sneakers from the archives of adidas, Nike, Reebok, PUMA, Converse and Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, along with loans from rap legends Run DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love and Dee Wells from OSD will be featured. The exhibition will also include the latest designs from fashion designers, including Christian Louboutin, Pierre Hardy, Lanvin and Prada, as well as exceptional limited editions such as the Nike Dunk Supremes and LeBron James Stewies.

“Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” will be on view at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada till March 30th, 2014.


All images were shot by Philip Castleton and are courtesy of © 2013 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada.

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