Rare and Original: A Bobbito García Personal Sneaker Retrospective At The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

Photos: Tiffany Shum

In celebration of Bobbito Garcia‘a autobiographical documentary Rock Rubber 45s, The Bata Shoe Museum is co-presenting a special summer snapshot exhibition, “Rare and Original: A Bobbito García Personal Sneaker Retrospective”.

As the progenitor of sneaker journalism, Bobbito García penned his landmark Source article “Confessions of a Sneaker Addict” in 1990, then in 2003 became the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books).

In 2005, ESPN’s “It’s The Shoes” series, hosted by Bobbito, became the first show on the subject in broadcasting history.  As an award-winning filmmaker, Garcia has directed Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC, Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, and his autobiographical documentary Rock Rubber 45s.

Currently, “Kool Bob Love” produces his b-ball tournament Full Court 21™ in four continents, and co-hosts NPR’s “What’s Good With Stretch And Bobbito” podcast. (Bio courtesy of koolboblove.com)

The Bata Shoe  Museum has partnered with the Broadview Hotel on the exhibition “Iconic Sneakers: 100 Years of Classic Design”, on display now at the Broadview Hotel. (Sneakers have been generously provided by Nike, adidas Canada, Converse and Puma).

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