Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik Modell Waitzer

In the 1930s, physical perfection was increasingly perceived as a signifier of national and racial supremacy, and in 1936, Adolf Hitler viewed the Berlin Olympics as an opportunity for German athletes to demonstrate Aryan superiority through their athletic prowess. However, Jesse Owens, an African American track and field athlete competing for the United States, challenged these views, winning four gold medals and becoming the winningest Olympian to that date. German shoemaker and future Adidas founder Adi Dassler boldly offered his athletic shoes to Owens, who tested them while training at the Olympics. The style of shoe Owens tried was a pair of Modell Waitzers, named after the German national coach Josef Waitzer, similar to this shoe.