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Old 01-12-2017, 11:25 AM
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Default Spalding women's baseball shoes?

That's what these appear to be to me and all early photos show women baseball players in shoes alot higher than men's 3/4 high tops. is this correct. There 150.00
Thanks for any help here are the bottoms
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:10 PM
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I am thinking possibly boxing?
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:18 PM
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All the boxing shoes I find are flat no heel on the back
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:20 PM
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Great Shoes. Love the look, leather, and stitch design. c.1915?? I would say. $150.00 seems reasonable to me, but I would offer less to start with. Not sure about baseball, could be. Spalding made general athletic shoes and outing wear/shoes - could be Golf? , Lawn Tennis?
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:00 PM
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Yes Circa 1911 - 1915
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:16 PM
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Didn't see the bottoms before. Looks like there were spikes (track like spikes) at one point, or an option to add spikes.
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Old 01-13-2017, 12:15 PM
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They could also be cycling shoes, or a generic Spalding shoe used for several different sports. If someone was seriously cycling, racing or very long rides they might have had toe clips which were usually used along with a slotted cleat to keep the foot on the pedal and in a good position. The cleats were usually nailed on.

Of course, by 1911 almost all the cool gals were into those newfangled motorcars and cycling was less common than it had been in the 1890's. And if you weren't stylish - like still racing- I believe by then most female racers were using shoes closer to mens shoes.

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Old 01-13-2017, 01:02 PM
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Thanks for all responses.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:48 PM
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Default Ad for Ladies' Base Ball Walking Shoes (1880)

While doing research for my book, Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers (publ. Feb 2017), I came across this: The Bangor Daily Whig and Courier ran an ad for a shoe store prominently featuring “Ladies Base Ball Walking Shoes.” The illustration was of a boot. The ad further noted the shoes were “Grand thing for the Sea-Shore.” Not sure if it is related to Spalding's boot but I thought you might be interested.
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Hey Kevin,

I think these may be women's hockey boots. It was very common at the turn of the century to purchase hockey boots and blades separately, then assemble the pair yourself, bolting the blades to the underside of the boots. While the image exhibits examples from the 1909-10 Spalding winter catalog that have shorter tops, I have seen boots labeled for women's hockey that were identical in size and style to your pair.


Hope this info helps.

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