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American Biker Boot
American, mid-20th century
The heeled biker boot, or engineer's boot, became popular with bikers after World War II. Groups of young veterans began to gather together drawn by their mutual love of motorcycles and by the late 1940s biker clubs were being established throughout North America. The biker offered an updated version of the cowboy and his sartorial codes, likewise, spoke to unfettered freedom.
Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum
Image (c) 2015 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (photo: Ron Wood)