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Style & Stuff Editorial

ultimatesneaker.jpg What do you call them?

I’ve been known to physically attack someone who had the temerity to call a pair of trainers, “sneakers” (it was a very hefty shove, actually). That said ‘Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book’ from Taschen looks very nice indeed.

Before Kanye West outted himself as a Trump apologist and flag-waver for slavery, I knew that he was a wrong-un by dint of his fashion stuff for Adidas. His clothing range is bad enough (imagine the gear that Quasimodo bags up to leave outside of Oxfam shops and you’ll get the picture) but his trainers are the true abominations. They look like bits of old potato sack that have been bound up by twine and then inexpertly wrapped around people’s feet. They’re 16thcentury country bumpkin chic, which is never a good look down the pub. Unfortunately, his stupid mug crops up in ‘Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book’ but it’s a minor inconvenience in this chunky tome that runs to 650+ pages. It’s been pulled together for Taschen by Simon Wood the head honcho behind the ‘Sneaker Freaker’ fanzine which, over the last 15 years, has obsessively documented every collaboration, limited edition and retro reissue going. It covers 100 years of training shoe history in insane detail and can be yours for the price of a pair of Dunlop Green Flash.

Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book is out now and published by Taschen.