Sneaker Exhibit Kicks Off at High Museum

Tom Sachs

Explore the evolution of the sneaker as a cultural icon this month at the High Museum of Art at a new exhibit running through Aug. 14.

"The Rise of Sneaker Culture" features more than 150 sneakers and highlights the beginning of the modern footwear from its origins in the mid-19th century.

Follow the history of the sneaker through to its current incarnation as a status symbol of urban culture with footwear from the archives of industry-leading brands including Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma and Reebok.

Also on exhibition are numerous showcase pieces on loan from the private collections of notable sneaker enthusiasts like hip-hop stars Darryl “DMC” Daniels of Run DMC and Bobbito Garcia of The Rock Steady Crew, as well as collections from the Bata Shoe Museum, the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery and the Kosow Sneaker Museum.

Free with a standard High Museum ticket, the exhibit will also feature film footage, interactive media and photographs that dive deep into the culture behind the iconic footwear. Tickets start at $19.50 for adults and $12 for children. Children five years of age and under get in free.

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