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The Resource Kicks : the great American story of sneakers, by Nicholas Smith

Kicks : the great American story of sneakers, by Nicholas Smith

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Kicks : the great American story of sneakers
Title
Kicks
Title remainder
the great American story of sneakers
Statement of responsibility
by Nicholas Smith
Title variation
Great American story of sneakers
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "When the athletic shoe graduated from the beaches and croquet courts of the wealthy elite to streetwear ubiquity, its journey through the heart of American life was just getting started. In this rollicking narrative, Nicholas K. Smith carries us through the long twentieth century as sneakers became the totem of subcultures from California skateboarders to New York rappers, the cause of gang violence and riots, the heart of a global economic controversy, the lynchpin in a quest to turn big sports into big business, and the muse of high fashion. Studded with larger-than-life mavericks and unexpected visionaries--from genius rubber inventor, Charles Goodyear, to road-warrior huckster Chuck Taylor, to the feuding brothers who founded Adidas and Puma, to the track coach who changed the sport by pouring rubber in his wife's waffle iron--Kicks introduces us to the sneaker's surprisingly influential, enduring, and evolving legacy."--Amazon.com
  • "'It's gotta be the shoes.' When Spike Lee said it to Michael Jordan in a 1989 commercial, it was with a wink and a nod--what makes MJ so good? His Nike Air Jordan IIIs, of course. But as Nicholas Smith reveals in this captivating history, Lee's conclusion also speaks to the sneaker's surprising journey into the heart of American life. In Kicks, we follow the humble athletic shoe from the croquet courts of the elite to fields, parks, and streets everywhere, and we watch as sneakers become the calling card of California skaters and New York MCs, the spark of riots and gang violence, the heart of a global economic controversy, the muse of haute couture, and a lynchpin in the transformation of big sports into big business. Along the way, we meet the visionaries of sneaker history: genius rubber inventor Charles Goodyear, risking everything--again and again--to get his formula right; the warring brothers who started dueling global shoe empires; road-warrior Chuck Taylor, hawking shoes out of his trunk; the hard-charging, Shakespeare-quoting track coach who changed his sport by pouring rubber into his waffle iron; and many more mavericks, hustlers, and dreamers. With a footprint as broad as its subject, Kicks introduces us to the sneaker's unexpectedly influential, enduring, and evolving legacy."--Dust jacket
Summary
Shares the history of sneakers and explains how the athletic shoe graduated from the croquet courts of the wealthy to become the most common streetwear in American life
Pace
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10658276
Cataloging source
DLC
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Smith, Nicholas
Dewey number
685/.31
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GV749.S64
LC item number
S58 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Sneakers
  • Sneakers
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the great American story of sneakers
Label
Kicks : the great American story of sneakers, by Nicholas Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- The father of invention -- Peach baskets and tennis sets -- Johnny Basketballseed -- War and brothers -- Builderman -- Swoosh -- Courting style -- Everyone is doing it -- Meanwhile, on the West Coast -- Let's get physical -- Style and flow -- His Airness -- Mars and Mike -- Battle of the brands -- Sneaker crime and punishment -- I, Sneakerhead -- Back at it again -- Epilogue
Control code
21421523
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451498120
Lccn
2017040841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028159344
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1000251158
Label
Kicks : the great American story of sneakers, by Nicholas Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- The father of invention -- Peach baskets and tennis sets -- Johnny Basketballseed -- War and brothers -- Builderman -- Swoosh -- Courting style -- Everyone is doing it -- Meanwhile, on the West Coast -- Let's get physical -- Style and flow -- His Airness -- Mars and Mike -- Battle of the brands -- Sneaker crime and punishment -- I, Sneakerhead -- Back at it again -- Epilogue
Control code
21421523
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780451498120
Lccn
2017040841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028159344
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1000251158

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