Costume and Textiles
Man's 'Air-o-Magic' Spectator ShoesMade in United States, North and Central America
Made by Daly Brothers Shoe Co. Inc., Marion, Indiana. Styled by Jack Young, Marion, Indiana.
Brown and white leather, white cotton laces
Currently not on view
1993-53-2a,bPurchased with the Costume and Textiles Revolving Fund, 1993
LabelTwo-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.