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 Skinner

On 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. [
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