Sneaker culture is no longer the preserve of the hardcore sneaker freak: it is a full-blown mainstream phenomenon. Walk into any shoe shop today and you'll be faced with a dizzying array of new designs, 'old skool' favourites, limited edition models and 'rare' shoes, all in a myriad of colourways. The sneaker has moved out from the sports arena and exploded into popular culture, a fashion staple that transcends race and class yet defines who you are in today's urban tribes.
This encyclopaedic, profusely illustrated guide displays over 180 sneakers chosen for the impact they have made on sneaker culture worldwide. Eleven leading brands – from adidas to Vans – are discussed in detail with full histories, while a further selection – from well-loved or long-lost classics to new designs – will excite both the novice collector and the committed sneaker freak.
Packed with over 550 specially commissioned photographs, and featuring an indispensable directory of collectors’ shops, resources and websites, as well as practical tips on how to build and care for your collection, this is the definitive guide to the very best and most collectable sneaker designs.
Sneakers is written, photographed and designed by Unorthodox Styles, the team behind the leading sneaker website.
Unorthodox Styles are a London-based creative consultancy, specializing in graphic design, web design and photography. They are the producers of crookedtongues.com, the leading on-line sneaker resource.