While there’s plenty of information about sneakers you can find online today, there’s something satisfying about flipping through the carefully curated pages of a sneaker book. Plus, the imagery tends to be quite stunning. With that in mind, we rounded up some of our favorite options on the market. They’re chalk full of interesting facts about sneaker culture and the rise to fame of popular styles, making them an awesome gift for sneaker lovers or as coffee table books in your own home.
1. Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book
Written by "Sneaker Freaker" magazine founder Simon Wood, covers every collaboration, launch and limited edition style that's been released over the past 15 years.
Pros: Each chapter highlights the sneaker industry's evolution from the Air Max to Kanye West and Michael Jordan's influence and more.
Cons: Some may find it a bit cumbersome.
2. 1,000 Sneakers
"1,000 Sneakers" is a visual history of the world's most coveted and popular footwear, from early Air Jordans, Adidas Superstars and Converse All-Stars to the latest sneaker obsessions like Yeezy.
Pros: It contains plenty of great visuals, fun facts, movie references, sports moments and more. It's packed with more than 1,000 images of influential sneakers from over the years.
Cons: Some may prefer it was in hardcover form.
3. Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
"Out of the Box" showcases sneakers ranging from a spiked running shoe from 1860, a pair of 1936 track shoes, Air Jordans I–XX3, the original Air Force 1 and early Adidas Superstars. It also includes contemporary sneakers from prominent figures like Damien Hirst, Jeremy Scott and Kanye West.
Pros: It contains interviews and essays by design innovators, sneaker collectors and cultural historians. It also features prototype drawings of sneakers from Nike sneaker design legend Tinker Hatfield.
Cons: This book also may be a bit bulky.
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