The Design Museum London: the past and future of sneakers
For those who enjoy sneakers, opening a box is always like touching a piece of art.
The culture of this type of shoe has reached proportions that are impossible to define. It promotes debates on sustainability and quality of materials, rules the worlds of music and sports and, obviously, influences people's styles too.
As a celebration of this very democratic piece, The Design Museum London created the exhibition Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street, open from May 18th to October 24th, 2021. In this exhibit, the public will see the history of more than 200 shoes that have already been created and recreated countless times by beginners or master designers, for the smallest brands and couture too, with all the possibilities of materials, and those that were exclusively invented.
SU has a look to more sustainable futures through three prominent themes: upcycling & repair, circular design, and consideration of materials.
It would be impossible to talk about sneakers without mentioning the importance of durable, easily repairable, and reusable materials like leather — some of the most relevant brands have already seen it.
Ligaya Salazar, curator of Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street, said that “The exhibition also gives behind-the-scenes insight into new upcycling and sustainable design practices, unseen prototypes predicting the future of performance design, and streetwear and fashion collaborations that changed the face of the industry.”
The past and the future of sneakers include Nike, Adidas, Puma, Converse, Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, and much more. If you’re in London, get your tickets here, and the best part: when you buy yours, the community gets one for free.
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