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Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes

By: Amber J. Keyser

"Kicks." "Trainers." "Daps." From rubber slippers of the Amazon Basin to high-fashion Nike Air Yeezy's, sneakers have enjoyed a century of innovation and reinvention. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further resources. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs.

ISBN: 9781467726405

JLG Release: Jan 2015


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Sneakers , History , Economic impact , Fashion , Social trends

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Trainers. Tennies. Kicks. No matter what they’re called, athletic shoes have played an important role in American culture and the global economy during the past century, and this insightful look at the history of sneakers traces the shoes, from their humble origins in the Industrial Revolution to their current status as part of a multibillion Trainers. Tennies. Kicks. No matter what they’re called, athletic shoes have played an important role in American culture and the global economy during the past century, and this insightful look at the history of sneakers traces the shoes, from their humble origins in the Industrial Revolution to their current status as part of a multibillion dollar industry. While the text acknowledges the crucial role shoes play in athletic performance—a fact of which most readers are likely well aware—it does not dwell upon it. Instead, Keyser peppers the narrative with lesser-known human interest stories, such as the sibling rivalry between shoe manufacturers Adi and Rudolf Dassler that spawned Adidas and Puma. Equally fascinating is Keyser’s examination of the role youth culture has played in the athletic shoe industry (and vice versa) as well as her look at the seamier side of shoe manufacturing, including the extreme disparity between foreign labor costs and the price of the final product. While not comprehensive, the text provides readers with a solid understanding of sneaker culture. The graphics complement the text without overshadowing it, though there’s a lot of white space on some pages. Readers of all stripes will appreciate the role sneakers play in our lives. A fun and informative addition.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH

Book Details

ISBN

9781467726405

First Release

January 2015

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

685/.31

Trim Size

7" x 9"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.6; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 11.7; Points: 5;

Lexile

Level 1180L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Twenty-First Century

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Sneakers, History, Economic impact, Fashion, Social trends,

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