Picture the scene: Die-hard sneakerheads lined up before daybreak waiting to buy the new LeBron James sneakers. A guy approaches and attemps to rob the group. One customer pulls out a gun and shoots him dead. No, this isn’t a SNL skit poking fun at the shoe-collecting community. It happened.
Starting with the original Converse Chuck Taylor All Star from 1917 and culminating with Nike’s 2013 camo-print Kobe 8 System, A Visual Compendium of Sneakers hits sneaker high notes of the past century. “We cobbled together an assortment that not only illustrates the evolution of shoe design and technological advancements, but that also represents some of the most sought after styles in sneaker history,” says Rachel Mansfield, director of marketing for Pop Chart Lab, a Brooklyn-based company that turns cultural data into graphic prints.