American Biker Boots

mid-20th century

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

The heeled biker boot, or engineer boot, became popular with bikers after WW2. Groups of young veterans began to gather together drawn by their mutual love of motorcycles and by the late 1940s, biker clubs were being established throughout North American. The biker offered an updated version of the cowboy and his sartorial codes, likewise, spoke to unfettered freedom.

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  • Title: American Biker Boots
  • Date Created: mid-20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 30 cm Width: 11.2 cm Height: 29.6 cm
  • Photographer: Ron Wood
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (photo: Ron Wood)
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Leather, brass, cotton, rubber
  • Bbibliographic references: Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 2015


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