Instructor Mid Ers

Pair of Training Shoes
1991 (made)
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In this design for sports footwear, Reebok combines ornament and function. As high-status objects intended for female aerobics instructors, the shoes have soles designed to be seen during the activity of the wearer, showing the decorative pattern of the treads, air tubes of the 'Energy Return System' and the company's trademark. The ankle is defined and accentuated by a wavy ornamental line, while the ventilation holes are concealed by an almost architectural arched motif. These Reebok footwear designs exemplify the growing trend, begun in the 1980s, for highly specialised fitness clothing. They are also representative of the rise - and eventual fall - in popularity of the aerobics workout.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Leather, PVC
Brief Description
Pair of woman's 'Instructor Mid Ers' aerobic training shoes with leather uppers and synthetic material, Reebok UK, South East Asia, 1991
Physical Description
Pair of woman's aerobic training shoes with leather upper and synthetic materials. A wavy line defines the place of the ankle, and continues as ornament. Soles designed to be seen during the activity of the wearer, showing the decorative pattern of the treads, air tubes of the 'Energy Return System' and the trademark. The ventilation holes are concealed by an almost architectural arched motif.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'INSTRUCTOR ERS' (Stitched)
  • 'Reebok / ENERGY / RETURN / SYSTEM' (On the sole)
  • 'Reebok®' (On the sides and sole)
Credit line
Given by the manufacturer
Object history
Registered File number 1991/1484.
Subject depicted
Summary
In this design for sports footwear, Reebok combines ornament and function. As high-status objects intended for female aerobics instructors, the shoes have soles designed to be seen during the activity of the wearer, showing the decorative pattern of the treads, air tubes of the 'Energy Return System' and the company's trademark. The ankle is defined and accentuated by a wavy ornamental line, while the ventilation holes are concealed by an almost architectural arched motif. These Reebok footwear designs exemplify the growing trend, begun in the 1980s, for highly specialised fitness clothing. They are also representative of the rise - and eventual fall - in popularity of the aerobics workout.
Collection
Accession Number
T.140:1, 2-1991

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