Women's Fila Sneakers

This is a pair of black, women’s, size 8 Fila sneakers most likely worn by an immigrant during a Mexican-U.S. border crossing. The sneakers are very worn and split down the middle of both shoes horizontally. The sneakers were recovered at a dump site on the Arizona side of the border.
Fila is an Italian company started by two brothers in 1911 as a textile business. Over the years, the company has grown and expanded into an international business fabricating sports attire. Their breakthrough line came in the 1970s, the White Line Collection, aimed specifically at tennis players but the company designs sportswear for all types of athletes today (2015).
Object Name
pair of sneakers
Physical Description
synthetic fibers (overall material)
rubber (soles material)
thread (embroidery material)
overall (toe to heel): 11 in; 27.94 cm
place made
United States: Arizona
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Clothing & Accessories
American Enterprise
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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