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HOW SNEAKERS INTERSECT WITH RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY.

“Kicks: The Great American Story of Sneakers”

By Nicholas Smith

308 pages. Crown. $26.

Leave it to a sneaker historian to note that when Tommie Smith and John Carlos made their famous Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, they stepped up to the podium shoeless, each sprinter carrying a single Puma Suede. (The gesture was meant to symbolize black poverty.) In “Kicks: The Great

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