Man's 'Air-o-Magic' Spectator Shoes

Made by Daly Brothers Shoe Co. Inc., Marion, Indiana. Styled by Jack Young, Marion, Indiana.

Made in United States, North and Central America


Brown and white leather, white cotton laces

11 1/2 × 4 1/4 × 3 1/2 inches (29.2 × 10.8 × 8.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Costume and Textiles Revolving Fund, 1993

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Two-tone shoes became popular for sporting and casual wear in the 1930s and 1940s. Although favored by fashion leaders such as the Duke of Windsor and Fred Astaire, spectator shoes also had somewhat rakish associations (perhaps best summed up by their British name "co-respondents," due to their association with disreputable third parties cited in divorce cases). With their cushioned insole, these "Air-o-Magic" shoes promised the snappy dresser both smart styling and concealed comfort.