Oakland Museum Showcases Sneaker Culture in 'Out of the Box' Exhibit

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The Nike Air Jordan I is featured in the "Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture" exhibit.  (Photo:Nike Archives / Courtesy American Federation of Arts )

The Oakland Museum's new exhibit "Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture" displays over 140 iconic sneakers and explores their evolution – from PF Flyers to Nike’s first Air Jordan model released in 1985 to a pair of 3-D printed Adidas. We speak to our guests about the stories sneakers tell and their own sneaker collections. And sneakerheads, we want to hear from you: Why do you love sneakers?

A Snapshot of "Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture"


Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator, "The Rise of Sneaker Culture" now at the Oakland Museum of California; senior curator, Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

Mychal Denzel Smith, author, "Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education"; contributing writer, The Nation

Shantell Martin, artist; her drawings on sneakers are featured in the "Out of the Box" exhibit

Steven Smith, design director at Yeezy Lab, Kanye West's collaboration with Adidas; helped design iconic shoes like the Reebok Insta Pump Fury, the Air Max 2009, and the New Balance 574