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Preview: Get your kicks with “The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” the exhibit that Atlanta needed

One Saturday back in March, at Little Five Points clothing store Wish, I tried on my first pair of sneakers that cost more than $50. The Fenty Puma was designed by R&B-pop superstar Rihanna, which was one of her first tasks as Puma's new creative director. It looked like the sneaker version of the combat boots I wore that day. “Uh oh,” I muttered when I saw my reflection. This was me reckoning with the price tag: $180 and my first brush with a cultural phenomenon so prominent that it is now being examined in a museum exhibition....