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Sneakerheads Get the Museum Treatment This Summer

Driely S.
Driely S.

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Have we officially reached the peak of fashion's athletic obsession? Following the super successful Killer Heels exhibit that wrapped this past weekend after an extended run, the Brooklyn Museum has just announced its newest showcase: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, scheduled to premiere on July 10th. Hm, we're sensing a footwear trend here...

The exhibit will contain more than 150 pairs of sneakers that range from the shoe's origins in the 1800s to today's high-fashion interpretations from the likes of Prada and Christian Louboutin. Divided into five chronological sections, The Rise of Sneaker Culture will examine the sneaker's permeations in our culture, from sports (like the Air Jordan franchise) to hip hop (with styles from Darryl "DMC" McDaniel's private collection) and beyond.

Other prominent designs from major brands like Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, Reebok will be included alongside Jeremy Scott, Damien Hirst, and Kanye West styles, plus pieces from collectors Bobbito Garcia and Obsessive Sneaker Disorder's Dee Wells. And just like in Killer Heels, the shoes on display will be complemented with film clips, photos, design sketches, and more to put it all in context.  Be on the lookout for more details about the exhibit as we get closer to summer.

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