Adidas Sneakers, worn by B-Girl Laneski

Description (Brief)
These shoes were made by Adidas, circa 1984. The Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory was founded by Rudolph and Adolph Dassler, in Herzogenaurach, Germany in 1924. The company manufactured track shoes for professional athletes and by 1948, split into two companies, Puma and Adidas.
These Three Stripe Basketball model sneakers were popular with hip hop artists such as Run-DMC in the 1980s.
B-Girl Laneski, (born Lane Davey), wore these shoes around 1984-1985. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1970. Later moving to Seattle, she enrolled in a breakdancing class in 1983, taught by the Seattle Circuit Breakers. The group was impressed with her dancing skills and subsequently gave her the name LaneSki. A pioneer in the male dominated Hip Hop world, Laneski was one of the first female breakdancers to master and develop many of the dance moves created in the early 1980s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
shoes, pair of
date made
B-Girl Laneski
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 8 in x 10 in; 10.16 cm x 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
right shoe: 4 1/2 in x 4 in x 10 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 10.16 cm x 26.67 cm
left shoe: 4 1/8 in x 4 in x 10 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 10.16 cm x 26.9875 cm
place made
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accession number
catalog number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Music & Musical Instruments
Clothing & Accessories
Cultures & Communities
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Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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