Spiked kangaroo skin running shoes

Made in Melbourne, Victoria, 1948.

These spiked shoes were made in 1948 by the shoemaker Hope Sweeney of Melbourne who was well known and highly regarded by athletes at that time. They are constructed of cowhide soles, kangaroo skin uppers, and steel spikes. Sweeney would personally measure the athlete’s feet and draw a careful outline, so that the shoe was a precise fit. This eliminated any slippage between foot and shoe during a sprint. The fit was so close that the shoes could only be endured for the duration of the race.

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Summary

2007/196/1
The running shoes are made from a soft kangaroo skin with cotton lacing down the centre front and a black suede interior. The cowhide sole has a rigid toe and heel joint, with six sharp steel spikes implanted in the toes.

Production

'The spikes were made in 1948 (when I was 18) by the shoemaker Hope Sweeney of Melbourne who was well known and highly regarded by athletes at that time. They are constructed of cowhide soles, kangaroo skin uppers, and steel spikes. Sweeney would personally measure one's feet and draw a careful outline, so that the shoe was a precise fit to eliminate any chance of slippage between foot and shoe during a sprint. In fact, the fit was so close that the shoes could only be endured for the duration of the race!' Jim Moon 14/9/1998
1948

Source

Gift of Mr Jim Moon, 2007

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Spiked kangaroo skin running shoes 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 30 March 2017, <https://ma.as/373286>
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