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Out of the Box


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Bobbito Garcia is the author of Where'd You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987, widely considered to be the industry tome. He has since directed a TV show about sneakers on ESPN, collaborated with Nike, directed a film, and has seen his work featured in the first college course on sneakers - 'Sneakerology 101'.

Acclaimed shoe historian Elizabeth Semmelhack is Senior Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum, where she has curated exhibitions such as Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection and On a Pedestal: From Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels. Semmelhack is the author of numerous publications on shoes and cultural history, including Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe. Before joining the Bata Shoe Museum, she held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the IBM Gallery of Science, and the St. Louis Art Museum.


"A web of historical and cultural connections, Out of the Box draws people from all corners of the creative industry . . . [It] is a complex, incisive account of the sneaker's reinvention over two centuries of technology, marketing, fashion and social trends."

"For those devotees . . . 'Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture' will be something akin to a holy text. The book tracks the rise of sneakers from athletic necessity to icon of American casual wear, and features interviews with designers, curators, and collectors, plus hundreds of photos of the most grail-status kicks of all time."

"[Out of the Box] is thoughtful, highly educational, and covers many bases from interviews with prominent design innnovators to the marketing campaigns that came to define modern day sneaker culture."

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