Book to Spotlight Limited-Edition Sneakers

Collaborative and limited-run sneakers get their due in the second edition of “Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide,” to be released this spring.

The $30 follow-up to “Sneakers: The Complete Collectors’ Guide,” published by Thames & Hudson nearly a decade ago, takes an encyclopedic look at sneaker collaborations, design work and limited-edition releases.

“There are a lot of consumers, old and young, who are [wearing] sneakers now,” said Joel Stoddart, one of the contributors to the book. “There is a huge fashion perspective — not just athletic — and sports shoes are now more lifestyle-driven. They’re connected to music and people and such.”

Produced by creative agency U-Dox, the book features more than 300 sneakers from 16 brands, including designer collaborations between Vans and Marc Jacobs, as well as Reebok and Pharrell Williams. Niranjela Karunatilake, director of production at U-Dox, said the goal was to pick pairs based on innovative design, as well as the social and historical impact they had on footwear and culture.

“At the time the first book was launched, the market was just getting familiar with the limited-edition shoe, and over the next several years it became a huge business. We wanted to explain where sneakers have gone and what’s happened over the past 10 years,” said Karunatilake. “We wanted to look at the most elaborate and experimental [pairs], and the technologies and materials used in shoes, and the extremes pushed by sneakers.”

The book will be available April 8 at all major booksellers.

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