Sneakers x Culture: Collab



A celebration of the great sneaker collaborations that have reimagined the shoe, elevating this most practical of footwear into the realm of wearable art.

The ubiquitous sneaker is the canvas upon which such a lot of defiers of convention–artists, musicians, athletes, and celebrities–have sought to make their mark and through the sneaker give a contribution to a unique identity and attitude among sneakerheads all over the place. Collected here are the most efficient sneaker collaborations with the biggest makers–Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, Reebok–featuring nearly one hundred famous, infamous, and lesser-known partnerships.

Museum-quality studio photographs of each and every sneaker are accompanied by visuals collected from the archives of sneaker makers, in addition to ephemera such as design sketches and drawings illustrating the creative process. Writer Elizabeth Semmelhack has conducted interviews with many collaborators, including an extensive Q&A with Chris Hill, design manager of Reebok, who has worked with Pyer Moss, Cam’ron, and lots of others.

In her introduction, Semmelhack explores the history of collaborations, starting originally with Jack Purcell, whose sneakers remain virtually unchanged nowadays. More than eighty sneaker collaborations are featured, including Virgil Abloh (ten styles!), KAWS, Pharrell Williams, Bobbito Garcia, Damien Hirst, Jeremy Scott, Eminem, Supreme, Chanel, Missoni, Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Dr. Woo, and Fear of God.
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