Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sneaker History: Good Book

Garcia B 2003 Where'd You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 Barnes and Noble.

The author takes a sentimental journey back to the early days of sneakers when they were the province of "sneakerfreakers" and ball players. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs of classic shoes, basketball players, break dancers and advertisements of the time. The author has put together an informed and comprehensive study of shoe culture. According to the DJ Cucumberslice (aka Garcia) during the ninties a fanatical coalition of Big Apple basketball players, graffiti writers, break-dancers, and rappers dedicated themselves to stylistic possibilities of their shoes. By systematically colouring and customizing them including devising elaborate lacing patterns the result was some models became cult. His blend autobiography, oral history, vintage ads, grainy shots of urban glamour, and detailed description of individual sneakers means this book a rich vain of anthropology and a must for any serious collector.

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