Last Wednesday, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrated the opening of its new exhibit, “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” by inviting society fixtures and sneakerheads alike to preview the collection. The event, which featured beatboxing and b-boying, was emceed by CP24â€²s Gurdeep Ahluwalia. The exhibition was designed by industrial designer and interior architect Karim Rashid.
“Out of the Box” is now open to the public and includes over 120 sneakers representing the past 150 years. This includes rare kicks from the archives of Adidas, Nike, Reebok, PUMA, and Converse, along with loans from rap legends Run DMC and sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love. The exhibition also includes the latest from high-end fashion designers, including Christian Louboutin, Pierre Hardy, Lanvin, and Prada.
Notables at the event also included Dee Wells, Glen Baxter, Jeanne Beker, Sonja Bata, Bernadette Morra, Gail McInnes, and Nolan Bryant.
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