The Colchester Rubber Co. Basketball Sneaker is an important part of our American Heritage history. The impeccable quality and detail to design showcase the Victorian's talent and pride in their work.
The Original 1892 Sneaker
The original sneaker's rubber has yellowed with age. Originally it was white. The rubber is impure and you can see bits and particles in the outer and bottom sole because they had not yet invented a way to remove impurities, that invention did not occur until around 1913, and at that time it was also figured out how to make rubber in different colors.
Original turkey feather sole.
When you put the sneakers together they make a turkey feather pattern. This pattern was created by Colchester Rubber Co. to represent the basket- ball player's ability to jump like a turkey in order to shoot the ball into the peach basket (the original hoop).
Hemp dead- grass colored fabric, tin metal eyelets, brown ribbed toe caps and intricate white stitching. The original laces, as pictured here, are stained with age and use.
You can barely make out the faded built in arch curved logo. This look (an unfaded version) is also added to our revival sneaker. Staining is present inside the original sneaker as pictured here.
Original branded ankle padding with the English Crown logo. Owner of Colchester Rubber Co., George Watkinson, was from England and many of their designs were inspired from his home country.
The sneakers are believed to have once been owned and worn by Dr. James Naismith, inventor of Basketball. He invented the game in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, a mere 50 miles away from Colchester Rubber Co's factory. The sneakers were most likely a prototype designed for Dr. Naismith by Colchester Rubber to be used in his new game of basket-ball. The sneakers are a rare for Victorian times size 12, Dr. Naismith was also size 12.
The Colchester Rubber Co. Basketball Sneaker predates any of it's competitors by a quarter of a century, making it the world's oldest basketball sneaker.