CLASS TRIP IDEA: There is a Museum of Shoes and They're Having an Exhibition About Sneaker Culture


(Courtesy Bata Shoe Museum)

So many things. One, did you know that there is a museum in North American entirely dedicated to shoes? And two, for sneakerheads, get excited, because the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is launching the first-ever major North American retrospective and exhibit about the history of sneaker culture!

Opening on April 25, 2013, the Bata Shoe Museum's Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition will feature 120 sneakers representing the past 150 years of sneaker culture. From the 19th-century to contemporary iconic sneakers, the show will span more than a century, examining one of the "most democratic forms of footwear in the 20th century," according to the news release.

"Since the 19th century, sneakers have been intimately linked to expressions of status as well as gender," Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack said. "I am particularly interested in how sneaker culture today is intertwined with shifts in idealized masculinity and how, what I am calling, the sneakerfication of men's dress is defining these changes."

For die-hard collectors, rare shoes from Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Puma, and Converse archives will be available to ogle. And special loans from musical legends including Run DMC, sneaker obsessives Bobbito Garcia (aka Kool Bob Love) and Dee Wells from OSD will also be on display. And if you love a good luxury sneaker, don't worry, they've got you covered with gorgeous offerings from Christian Louboutin, Pierre Hardy, Lanvin, and Prada

The exhibition will run at the Bata Shoe Museum through March 30, 2014.

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