New York City’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987
450 Color Photos
125 B&W Photos
Sole DXB is proud to present the critically acclaimed Where’d You Get Those? by Bobbito Garcia – Book signing on Friday 20th November in Early Retirement at 4.30pm
The mother of all sneaker books is finally back in print, in an expanded, deluxe hardcover edition. Upon its initial publication in 2003, Where’d You Get Those? was hailed by Vanity Fair as “The perfect primer on the sole of pop culture … a much needed compendium.” The New Yorker raved that “Garcia’s book is an anthropological trove,” while the New York Post noted that “Where’d You Get Those? is a must.” Vogue gushed: “Garcia chronicles the gym shoe’s rise to cultural prominence with obsessive detail … Where’d You Get Those? is a welcome addition to New York cultural history.” Paper magazine called it “The definitive book on the rise of sneaker fanaticism,” and Time Out New York hailed it as “a rhapsodic, comprehensive chronicle.”
Documenting more than 400 pairs of sneakers in a highly illustrated, chronological format, Where’d You Get Those? is simply a stone cold classic. Sneakers are fetishized by consumers worldwide, and dozens of subsequent sneakers books have come and gone, but none have come close to attracting the readership and unfettered adulation that this book has enjoyed. Carnegie Mellon University even offered a class, Sneakerology 101, that used Where’d You Get Those? as its main textbook. Updates to the new edition include new sneakers inaugurated into the canon, as well as a new foreword, introduction and afterword.
BOBBITO GARCIA is a native New Yorker and a recognized worldwide authority on sneakers, music, and NYC playground basketball. The former New York Knicks / MSG Network halftime reporter was the voice of EA Sports’ popular NBA Street video game and the TV host of ESPN’s “It’s the Shoes” series. In 2013, Garcia and Kevin Couliau co-directed the documentary film Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC. Currently, he is the announcer for ESPNU’s Elite 24 Game and the King of the Rock Championship, and he spins records weekly on his www.eastvillageradio.com program. Garcia lives and works in Harlem, New York.
Hardcover / 280 Pages / 450 Color Photos / 125 B&W Photos