Manufactured by
Adidas AG, German, founded 1948
Worn by
Tyus, Wyomia, American, born 1945
leather with polyester , cotton (textile) , plastic and metal
H x W x D (2017.52.1a): 10 3/16 × 4 1/8 × 1 1/4 in. (25.8 × 10.4 × 3.2 cm)
H x W x D (2017.52.1b): 10 3/16 × 4 × 1 5/16 in. (25.8 × 10.2 × 3.3 cm)
A pair of Adidas track cleats worn by Wyomia Tyus in the 1964 Tokyo XVIII Olympics. The shoes are predominantly white leather with three (3) blue leather stripes that run down the interior and exterior sides of the shoes. There is additional blue leather trim on the heels, as well as blue suede trim on the exterior edges near the toe boxes. The shoes have white laces. The shoes have white tongues with blue labels, with white text that reads [adidas] inside rectangular boxes outlined in white. On the bottom of the tongues are white labels with blue text that reads [HANDMADE IN WESTERN GERMANY / DIE MARKE MIT DEN [printed in a semicircle] / 3 RIEMEN / adidas [inside a rectangular box outlined in blue] / THE MARK WITH THE 3 STRIPES / THE ORIGINAL / 3-stripes-sportshoe is / the most successful / sportshoe in the world]. Below the Adidas logo is an outline of a shoe with three (3) blue stripes down the sides.
Place used
Tokyo, Japan, Asia
Place made
Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany, Europe
running shoes
Clothing and dress
Track and field
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wyomia Tyus
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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