Last week, our class took a trip to the Brooklyn Museum. We saw a lot of wonderful exhibitions, such as the FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds exhibit and the Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence exhibit. These were both great and powerful exhibits but my favorite was The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit because it featured many different pairs of sneakers that were made and sold over the course of more than 60 years. The exhibit reflects upon the progression of sneakers and how features and styles have morphed over than years. As a sneaker lover, I pride myself on knowing the styles and features of each sneaker brand so it was interesting be able to see what the styles of sneakers, from some of the same brands that I see today, looked like years ago. I was fascinated by the way that styles are recycled by brands. A pair of Nike Air Jordan’s from 1985 looked like a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s that were released in 2013. The sneaker styles are recycled but the features are upgraded. Some would say that Nike is “cheating” by reusing the same ideas of past creators but I think its start because it maintains a constant style that distinguishing one sneaker brand from another.
If you want to like to learn more, please visit https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/rise_of_sneaker_culture.