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The World’s Oldest Basketball Shoes! | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The World’s Oldest Basketball Shoes!

Worlds Oldest Sneakers!  The Manolo would totally wear them!

Manolo says, from the Manolo’s friends at Boing Boing come news of the discovery of the world’s oldest kicks!

Gary Pifer a vintage clothing dealer found the 116 year old sneakers while combing through picked over items, that were contained within a victorian era trunk. “As I arrived late, I was told that all the good stuff was gone”, said Mr. Pifer.

He paid 50 cents for the brown high top canvas sneakers made by the Colchester Rubber Company. Later that night, Mr. Pifer was shocked to discover, during an internet search, that the brand went out of business in 1893.

“In a instant, I knew this discovery would be re-writing basketball and sneaker history, as these sneakers are 25 years older than the 1917 Converse All-Stars”, added Pifer. The Colchester Rubber Co. was located in Colchester, Connecticut and was in business from 1888 to 1893.

Naturally, this being the Age of Commerce, Mr. Pifer, who discovered the shoes in 2004, has already set up the company to market reproductions of these marvelous shoes.

And, the Manolo has to say, he would happily wear these shoes.

6 Responses to “The World’s Oldest Basketball Shoes!”

  1. La BellaDonna July 6, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    La BellaDonna, she will find a safe corner in which to sob quietly. For many many years, she has wished to find the white canvas lace-up turn-of-the-century athletic shoe for the ladies. And now, the turn-of-the-century athletic shoe is being reproduced …

    for the men.

    Yes, La BellaDonna, she knows the world, it is not fair. She knew it even without having her face rubbed in it.

    C’est la guerre.

  2. Fancy Feet July 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    Those shoes don’t look over 100 hundred years old! Talk about monotone though.

  3. Kriti July 7, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Haha wow! Imagine Kobe Bryant being the spokesperson for one of those! I actually kind of dig the monotone and the brown…kind of gives a subdued and classy look for basketball shoes don’t you think?

  4. Terry July 8, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    I think, based on that picture, those basketball shoes have held up quite well for being 116 years old. That’s either a testament to the quality of craftmanship or means the owner of those shoes didn’t play that much basketball. Makes me wonder what a pair of current day Nike Dunks would look like after being unearthed 116 years from now!

  5. gianni July 8, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    I wonder if this old pair was comfortable enough to play basketball, it looks stiff. But if they would reproduce the same design, well, using other softer materials, then I wouldn’t hesistate to buy one for my bf, and pair it with this one: <a href=http://wwessential-watches.com/Jaeger-LeCoultre-1728470(Q1728470)-Master-Compressor-Automatic-(Discontinued)-Steel-on-Strap-with-Black-Dial-19202.aspx” which I got a few weeks ago. :D

  6. Never teh Bride July 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    The Beard would die for a pair of those! Brown is most definitely his color.