Vintage leather Italian Lombardia cycling shoe, brass coal mining lamp check token 
(Grimesthorpe Colliery, Yorkshire) enamelled wooden plinth 2014.

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British cyclist Harry Binns referred to his cycling shoes as the 'Good Companions' - in reference to the J. B. Priestley novel. To the left shoe he attached his father's coal mining token, as a proxy St. Christopher pendant.

Cycling shoes from this early fifties period featured a thin steel plate nailed to the shoe base via a thick leather pad. These would attach to the rider's pedals.

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