Ricardo Vestuti got his start in the sneaker industry in the mid-1980s as a designer for Saucony, and since then he has worked for both Nike and Reebok. In the first part of our interview, we discuss how his creative upbringing and art-school training led him to the world of sneakers.
As the in-house archivist for Converse, Sam Smallidge is responsible for preserving the history of a footwear company that stretches back to 1908. In our interview, Sam reveals what his job entails and provides his unique perspective on this iconic sneaker brand.
Kirstin Purtich is a Curatorial Associate at the American Federation of Arts working on the traveling exhibition Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, now on view at the Oakland Museum of California through April 2, 2017.