The Rise of Sneaker Culture

The Brooklyn Museum’s newest exhibition is a sneakerhead’s dreamland

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

We’ve all heard of coin collectors, stamp collectors, and even rock collectors, but what about sneaker collectors? Known as “sneakerheads,” these connoisseurs live for limited edition, rare, or exclusive sneakers. And since July 10, they’ve been swarming to Brooklyn Museum’s newest exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Running through October 4, 2015, the exhibition explores the cultural and historical significance of the footwear that has recently become a global obsession. From original Jordans and Dunks to the first Converse and running shoes, the Brooklyn Museum has it covered. Below, check out some of the approximately 150 pairs of noteworthy sneakers featured in the exhibition.