It was a rare, almost intimate scene, between Michelle Obama and her mother, played out before the world. When a group of Chinese girls invited the first lady to skip rope at an event on the ancient city wall here, she kicked her heels off to slide on a pair of flats. Before an aide could swoop in and pick up her daughter’s shoes, Marian Robinson bent down to grab them.
images are…from adi dassler’s first company, ‘gebruder dasher schuhfabrik,’ now known as adidas. The series includes track and field shoes, which range from sprint to long jump cleats from the 1920s—some of which were worn in gold medal performances at various Olympic venues from the 1920s and ’30s.