Evolution of Olympic Footwear

We've come a long way from when Jim Thorpe won a gold medal wearing a shoe he fished out of a garbage can. Today, the tiniest measurements can separate a gold medalist from a last-place finisher in most sports. Shoe quality can be a difference-maker and athletes and manufacturers are constantly searching for a new edge. Learn about how Olympic footwear has evolved over the decades, why some shoes have been banned, and see the styles that icons wore during memorable moments.

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Evolution of Olympic Footwear


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