An ultimate list of the best sneaker books
How did Nike start? How adidas boost is made? This could be just two of the questions popping up in your mind. Moreover, are you looking to find that additional info about sneakers that no one seems to know? Looking to find the best sneaker books? They are all here.
Or perhaps, you are even trying to start your own exploration journey about that particular model, that unique silhouette and ultimately about the path of a shoe designer? We’ve also got your back. We did some considerable research out there to find these, the Top 8 best sneaker books available to buy, right now.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – Available at Amazon
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This is truly one of the greatest books that have ever released and that is linked to sneaker history. It displays the path of Nike’s success. For Phill Knight, it all started with a $50 loan from his father to start importing high-quality and low-cost shoes from Japan.
Don’t worry, we will not tell you the whole story, but we are sure we got your attention after that. You shall read about all the struggles, feuds, victories and triumphs that come side by side with being an entrepreneur.
The Nike SB Dunk Pro 1985-2011 – Out Of Print
Just as rare as the kicks you will read about, this hard-cover book is no longer available for purchase in normal websites. Some copies may be found as second-hand items, or new and sealed for all that matters, across Facebook groups and eBay.
In fact, it is like searching for your long-time sneaker grail, to be honest. Long story short, you will be able to learn about sneaker culture as a whole from 1985 to 2011, especially Nike SB’s input towards the game.
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All Gone – Available at All Gone
This year marks 12 years of the making of the All Gone Book. They have been around since 2006, making sure to update everyone about the most coveted releases from the previous year.
The 2017 book (released now in 2018) features pictures, articles, and stories ranging from hip-hop Pen & Pixels inspirations to Luis Gispert, an NYC-based contemporary artist. Considered an Urban and Culture Bible, we sure believe that you should have at least one (if not all) laying around your house.
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Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide – Available at Amazon
Even if far from “complete”, this smaller hard-cover book will make sure you know a little bit more about sneakers. On that note, you can actually flex among all your friends and talk about that 1992 pair that no one has ever heard about.
The book displays limited edition and collaborative sneakers that have released in the past 10 years, ranging from Nike to Reebok, from adidas x Pharrell Williams to Vans x Marc Jacobs. Also, you can find out more right here.
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Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture – Available now at Amazon
If you are looking for in-depth knowledge of where it all started, this is most probably your best bet. At least we believe so. You will be able to check out mid-19th-century silhouettes to performance sneakers altogether with iconic releases.
Apart from containing quite a few interviews, and that includes design innovators and sneaker collectors, the Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture will make sure that you know everything there is to know when it comes to sneaker culture as a whole, transcending gender, race, and social status as we know it.
Creative Sole: Japanese Sneaker Culture – Available at Amazon
From the other side of the world, you will be able to look and learn about Japan’s presence in the sneaker world. Trust us, you shall be amazed.
The book includes hundreds of sneakers from many world-renowned Japanese designers as well as collaborations from brands such as Asics and Onitsuka Tiger to collaborative works with shops such as Mita Sneakers and BAPE. A must have, in our humble opinion.
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Fifty Sneakers That Changed the World: Design Museum Fifty – Available at Amazon
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Without a doubt that certain pairs have changed the way we look at sneakers. Some even created somewhat a revolution it footwear, in one way or another. This is exactly what you will be able to learn with the timeless piece. You can learn about everything that shaped the one and only Converse All Start to the latest technology development in footwear.
Where’d You Get Those? 10th Anniversary Edition: New York City’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 – Available at Amazon
We will go straight to the point with this one. This is no ordinary picture book, rest assured. It is filled with years of information that all of you shall appreciate. The title says it all.
The best sneaker books for the best fans out there
We sure agree that the Internet is a great place. And that goes both ways, as in, good and bad. At the end, it does not matter if you are a collector, enthusiast, aficionado, hypebeast and so on, but as much as the sneaker world is moving fast, from time to time, it is rather pleasant to sit down a read a good book.
Or at least look at a few pictures of models that you had no idea that existed. It is all about the fun and relaxing.
You can always buy a digital copy, that is a fact, however, a book collection should be present at any sneakerhead’s household. Apart from looking great on your center-table in your living room, and apart from the fact that you may look like a (want-to-be)-intellectual, you can actually learn a lot from them.
It is still cold out there, so there is literally no excuse not to get some knowledge.
Let’s be honest, there are not that many better things to do on a lazy and rainy day than getting cushy with a great book. If you are looking for something deeper than an average sneaker-blog or Instagram page, this is for you.
Some of these books may actually help you understand how the sneaker world has shaped up ’till today, and what made that happen, right in between so many great models and releases.
If you truly care about what we call “Sneaker Community”, you must have at least a few of these. Whether you are interested in a profound history class or just feel like exploring older models, we have got you covered.
Let us know what you think and what your favorite book is down in the comment section.
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