Blam, kerpow, crash, sok!
Batman the TV series burst onto American TV screens in 1966. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as his ever-faithful sidekick, Robin the Wonder Boy. They were an instant hit, defeating such arch villains as the Joker, the Riddler and the Penguin. Their mission was to clean up the streets of Gotham City.
These sneakers were produced at about the time the TV series became popular. Made by Randy, one of the largest sneaker companies in the US, these sneakers not only came with a mask that could be cut out from the side of the box but also with a Batman ring, ensuring that anyone who wore them upheld the Batman code to ‘be honest, play fair and obey the law’.
If you have a close look at Batman on the box he is, of course, wearing his own shoes!
These sneakers were purchased through the Collecting Cultures purchase fund – a Heritage Lottery Fund initiative to improve the sneaker collection at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.