Pierre Hardy Poworama, 2011, displayed at the Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit at The Bata Shoe Museum. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, gift of Pierre Hardy. Image C 2013 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada.
By Caley SkinnerOn April 25th, Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum opened an exhibit called Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. This marks the first North American exploration of the urban footwear style, which originally appeared in the 19th century. The Bata Shoe Museum is showing over 120 sneakers from across 150 years; standouts include a pair donated by rapper Run DMC and current designs from powerhouses such as Christian Louboutin, Prada and Lanvin. With the current explosion in sneaker popularity (or, more specifically, wedge sneaker popularity), it's no wonder Toronto's fab footwear museum has chosen to explore this type of footwear now! For more information on Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, you can visit batashoemuseum.ca/exhibitions. [ The Bata Shoe Museum] More daily fashion news: Heidi Klum starts a hair revolution at The Grove [ CocoPerez] 9 fashion exhibits you should see now that aren't about punk [ Fashionologie] The 10 best online shopping sites [ ELLECanada.com]