Sneakers worn by Julius "Dr. J" Erving

Manufactured by
Converse, American, founded 1908
Worn by
Julius Erving, American, born 1950
Subject of
Philadelphia 76ers, American, founded 1963
Medium
leather, rubber and cloth
Dimensions
H x W (2015.115.1a left): 6 7/8 × 4 7/16 in. (17.5 × 11.3 cm)
H x W (215.115.1b right): 6 7/8 × 4 7/16 in. (17.5 × 11.3 cm)
Type
sneakers
Date
ca. 1981
Description
A pair of white and red Converse sneakers worn by Julius Erving. The sneakers are predominantly white with red stars and red chevrons on both sides. Printed in red ink on the outward facing side of the shoes is: [DR J]. The laces are white and run from the edge of the vamp to the top of the tongue. The tongue is white with red lettering that reads: [All Star / Converse].The interior is red. The back top portion of the shoe has a red background with the Converse logo in red and white. The rubber soles are white with a thatched pattern and an imprint that reads: [Converse / All Star / Made In USA].
Topic
African American
Athletes
Basketball
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.115.2ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Tools and Equipment-Sports and Recreational
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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