Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture will be at the Speed Art Museum , Louisville, Kentucky from September 10 until November 27, 2016. This travelling exhibition is the first museum exhibition in the United States to feature the sneaker’s complex and fascinating design history. Organised by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, it traces the humble beginning of the canvas topped rubber soled shoe to its role in athletic performance and urban style, over the last 150 years. With almost 150 sneakers on display and film footage, photographic images and design drawings richly illustrate the social history, technical innovation, fashion trends and marketing campaigns that have shaped contemporary sneaker culture.
Among the highlights are an 1860s spiked running shoe, an original 1917 Converse All Star/Non Skid, a pair of 1936 track shoes, the original Nike Air Force 1, and early Adidas Superstars. The exhibition also features contemporary sneaker collaborations with prominent figures such as Damien Hirst, Jeremy Scott, Jeff Staple and Kanye West. Contributors include a range of private collectors, museums and archives, including Adidas AG, Converse Archives, Kosow Sneaker Museum, Nike Archives, Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, and Reebok Archives. The Speed’s exhibition will include exclusive additions, featuring regional icons John Wall, Rajon Rondo, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.