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Sneakers by Rodrigo Corral, Alex French + Howie Kahn


A definitive oral history that spans from the designers who created the classics to today’s superstars who wear them, Sneakers is an absolute necessity for design devotees and sneakerheads of all ages.

Determinedly authentic at every page, Sneakers identifies a dozen or so of the most iconic sneakers “family-tree style” from the Stan Smiths to the Air Jordans to the Yeezys, outlining the historical journey from essential sporting equipment to ubiquitous fashion staple in a fun-to-read oral history format.

This gift-worthy book features over 270 pages of photos and interviews with industry gurus, sports legends, and celebrities, in a stunning package created by celebrated designer Rodrigo Corral.


For over a decade, Howie Kahn and Alex French have been reporting on culture, style, sports, technology, and business for publications like The New York Times Magazine, WSJ. The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ, Esquire, and Wired. Their work has also appeared in dozens of other publications, worldwide. Together, Kahn and French reported and wrote a series of genre-defining, hugely popular oral histories for the late, great sports and culture website Grantland. Follow them @howiekahn_ and @FrenchAlexM.

Designer Rodrigo Corral has created some of the most iconic visuals in publishing, partnering with talent such as Junot Diaz, Jay-Z, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, Chuck Palahniuk, Tory Burch, Gianna Angelopoulos, Gary Shteyngart, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and organizations such as the Criterion Collection, New York Magazine, and The New York Times. In addition to running the Rodrigo Corral studio, he is also the Creative Director for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and creative director at large for New Directions. Portfolio at

Author Residence: Howie Kahn lives in New York, NY. Alex French lives in Monmouth County, NJ. Rodrigo Corral lives in New York, NY.


"The definitive story of the sneaker universe."—WSJ Magazine

"One of this year's coolest books."—Men's Journal

“The new Sneaker Bible.”—Sneaker Freaker

“A definitive guide to the culture that surrounds [sneakers] and the creative visionaries who bring them to life..reflects the evolving, complex world of sneaker culture.”—CNN Style

"Everything you ever wanted to know about sneakers."—Hypebeast

"A beautiful book of original art, photos, and interviews with some of the biggest names in the shoe game."—HelloGiggles

“The one book every sneakerhead should own.”—BroBible

“This is a fashion coffee table book that both me and my boyfriend can get behind.”—Popsugar, 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

“Now with sneaker fever at an all-time high, the book, Sneakers, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the people driving the trend: the shoe designers.”—New York Magazine’s The Cut

“With the appetite for sneaker news—releases, new models and collaborations—at an all-time high, the book’s arrival couldn’t be more timely.”—Women’s Wear Daily

“A deep dive into the footwear phenomenon.”—NiceKicks

“Includes interviews you won’t find anywhere else.”—Footwear News

“A captivating look at the ethos of sneakers and the stories behind the stories of a world that exists somewhere between the underground and the local mall...revelatory.”—The Manual

“Loaded with interviews and high-quality photos of some of the most sought-after sneakers on earth.”—UnCrate

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