Manufactured by
PUMA, German, founded 1948
Worn by
Smith, Tommie, American, born 1944
suede, rubber, leather, metal, Velcro (TM), and ink
H x W x D (a: left cleat): 3 1/2 × 4 × 11 in. (8.9 × 10.2 × 27.9 cm)
H x W x D (b: right cleat): 3 1/2 × 4 × 11 in. (8.9 × 10.2 × 27.9 cm)
A pair of Tommie Smith's track cleats.
The main parts of the shoes are made of a red suede. There are off white stripes on both sides of the shoes. The stripes are wider near the fronts of the shoes and get thinner as the move towards the backs of the shoes. There is off white trim around the tops of the shoes. There is an off-white leather section on the fronts of the shoes with four straps attached to a piece of Velcro. There is an off-white shape on the backs of the shoes above the heels.
The top 1/4 of the bottoms of the shoes are off white suede with seven (7) metal spikes. There are some dark areas of discoloration around the spikes. The bottom 3/4 is a yellow textured leather.
There are some loose threads on the straps of the shoes. The soles of the shoes are off white. There are blue numbers stamped along the insides of the shoes. They are a size 10 1/2 and there are several other numbers that follow.
Place used
Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
sports uniforms
Black power
Civil rights
Clothing and dress
Track and field
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Tommie and Delois Smith
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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