Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kicks by Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith’s “Kicks: The Great American Story of Sneakers” (Crown, 320 pages, $26) describes the cultural history of America’s most fetishized object i.e, The Sneaker. From the humble origins of rubber soled canvas topped shoes in the mid 19th century and the rise of leisure among the masses he describes the evolving sportshoe and its integration into codified games and athletics, Tracing the impact of sport shoe giants such as adidas and Nike, he considers the cultural significance of ‘rubbers’, in today’s ashfelt jungle and celebrity culture. “Kicks” is a must for all ‘sneakerfreakers.’

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