These days, sneaker-related books are a dime a dozen, which is something of a gift and a curse. On one hand, there's more easily accessible information out there than ever before, which is great. At the same time, a lot of these publications only manage to scratch the surface, often regurgitating info that you've already heard dozens of times. That's why 1000 Sneakers by Mathieu Le Maux is such a breath of fresh air.

Instead of emphasizing high-res photos (don't get it twisted, there's plenty of those too), 1000 Sneakers is all about the content, functioning as an encyclopedia of athletic footwear as we know it. The book covers the background behind the most important sneakers of our time, including stories like the birth of the Converse Chuck Taylor, Jesse Owens' controversial adidas shoes from the Berlin Olympics, and of course, the Air Jordan legacy.

1000 Sneakers will be made available starting in October through Universe Publishing for $30.