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Pair of Boots

1980s (made)
Place of origin

Pair of leather army surplus boots, with metal eyelets, without shoelaces, and mended with blue tape.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Boot
  • Boot
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Boots, leather army surplus boots, Germany or Great Britain, 1980s
Physical description
Pair of leather army surplus boots, with metal eyelets, without shoelaces, and mended with blue tape.
Object history
Registered File number 1994/274, Streetstyle exhibition 1994-1995, in the exhibition it was part of an outfit called 'Traveller UK 1986-94' (includes the jumper T.312-1994, the jeans T.500-1994, the vest T.501-1994, the T-shirt T.502-1994, the belt T.503-1994, the T-shirt T.504-1994, the socks T.505-1994, the friendship band T.510-1994, the whistle T.507-1994, the licorice T.508-1994 and the toggle T.509-1994).

Part of New Age Traveller Costume (T.500 to 510-1994). This outfit combines second-hand and found clothing with army surplus and handmade garments. The numerous layers were worn for warmth and protection. The hat is unique to the traveller's tribe, in this case, the Dongas. Traveller clothing is normally worn until it falls apart, hence the condition of this outfit, and the unwashed appearance reflects the Traveller's itinerant life which is spent largely outdoors.
Bibliographic reference
Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads & Skaters : Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties Described in the exhibition publication, part of an outfit called 'Traveller UK 1986-94'.
Accession number
T.506:1, 2-1994

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Record createdNovember 11, 2002
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