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Red and white leather track shoe made by Karhu, a Finnish sports equipment company. Brown leather outsole with black composition heel. Six metal spikes protrude from bottom layer of toe sole. Wes Santee, an American middle distance track runner from Ashland, Kansas, wore this shoe while competing at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Santee was a student at the University of Kansas at the time, and had held the world record in the mile race on multiple occasions when he competed at Helsinki.
Creator: Karhu (Finland)
Item Number: 221171
KSHS Identifier: 1966.67.1
Collections - Museum
Community Life - Recreation and Sports - Sports - Track and Field
Date - 1950s - 1952
Education - Higher education - Athletics - Track
Education - Higher education - Institutions - University of Kansas
Objects and Artifacts - Personal Artifacts - Clothing - Clothing, Footwear - Shoe - Athletic
People - Notable Kansans - Santee, David Wesley, 1932-2010
Places - International - Finland
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts