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You don't have to be a sneakerhead to get a kick out of this exhibit. The Oakland Museum of California is showing Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, an intimate look at how sneakers have permeated our culture and transcended generations. Peruse 140 pairs of tennis shoes from the 19th century to today, from Chuck Taylor All Stars to Air Jordans, including rare collectibles from Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Puma as well as the private collections of sneakerheads like Dee Wells and Run-DMC. Reflect on how sneaker culture has influenced fashion and permeated subcultures, learn about technical advancements in design, and pick up some lacing techniques. You'll want to kick up your own style.


An exhibit dedicated to sneakers.
You have sneakers in your closet. This exhibit will explain how they got there.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA 94607
Through Apr. 2. Weds. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The exhibit has an additional fee of $4. Buy tickets online or at the museum.


By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.