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the Design Museum - Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 11:15

Discover the journey of this unique style of shoe in Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at the Design Museum when we reopen our doors on 18th May.

Credit: Helen Kirkum X Casely Hayford AW 2017. Pair CH TX65.

Image by: Rachel Dray

This exhibition will look through the design process, the modern technologies shaping the world of the sneaker today, the lucrative resale market (currently valued at $6 billion) as well as the designers working to make the industry more sustainable. Those that have shaped the world of the sneaker over the years will be explored: from Michael Jordan, Run-DMC and Kanye West to Stella McCartney, Alex Taylor and Helen Kirkum for their eco-friendly designs.

From their original purpose as the perfect design for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, to their newer roles as cultural icons, runway favourites and the symbols of subcultures, the sneaker has transformed the fashion and sporting landscape. Key examples over the years include the iconic Reebok Instapump Fury, the Vans Half Cab and the Asics Gel Lyte III as well as the trainers originally designed for sports such as the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, the Puma Disc and the Nike Alpha fly Next%.

You will never look at your running shoes the same way again!

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