Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood Running Shoe

Despite the development of the rubber-soled sneaker in the 19th century, most competitive runners still wore leather shoes. These Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood running shoes are thought to be the oldest running shoes in existence. They are fashionably designed to resemble a man’s dress shoe, but the spikes on the soles and the supportive leather band convey their true function as sports shoes.