Sneakers, Size Isn’t Everything

Sneakers, Size Isn’t Everything, a squat, red, well-bound book, has been sitting on my desk for a couple weeks now, and everyone who’s come in my office has picked it up. My guests ooh and ahh at the photos of old shoes and the arty layout. And rightfully so–the 240-page book is published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, the London-based publishing company famous for its beautiful, oversized art and design books.

Mixed sparingly in with hundreds of images of old Nike, Adidas, and Puma trainers, patient readers will find skateboarding represented by interviews with Rob Dyrdek, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, DC’s Ken Block, Steve Caballero, and skate photographer Glen E. Friedman; photos of old skate shoes; and a video-grab story board from a short film by Spike Jonze called How They Get There starring Mark Gonzales. For those interested, the book also features pieces about Eric Cantona, Phil Knight, Henry Rollins, MC Solar, George Best, Cypress Hill, and a couple dozen other noteworthy names–most in the form of short interviews done via phone or fax.

But once my visitors are about halfway through the book they invariably ask the same question, “What is this?” For that simple reason alone, I would recommend to anyone with 60 dollars (the approximate price of the book) burning a hole in their pocket to go to the bookstore and look through Sneakers, then take their money down to the local shop and get a new deck, or some wheels and bearings, or even some shoes.

Owning art is fun, if you can afford it.