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Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

This winter, the Oakland Museum of California will present 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. View more than 140 iconic sneakers from the 19th century to the present, including rare collectibles from the archives of brand-name manufacturers such as Adidas, Nike, Puma, and Reebok, and selections from renowned sneaker collectors—affectionately known as “sneakerheads”—including hip-hop group Run DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Reflect on how sneakers represent identity and sports fashion, experience film footage, photographs, design drawings, and interactive media showcasing the history, technical advancements, and fashion trends that have played a role in the sneaker’s evolution.

View the initial press release. 

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum. The OMCA presentation is organized by Evelyn Orantes, OMCA Curator of Public Practice, and supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and Macy’s.

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