This is Jim Thorpe. If you look closely at the photo, you can see he’s wearing different socks and shoes.
This was no fashion statement.
It was the 1912 Olympics and Jim, a Native American from Oklahoma was representing the U.S. in track and field. On the morning of one of his competition, his shoes were stolen.
Luckily, Jim was able to find two shoes in a garbage bin. That’s the pair he’s wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock on that foot.
Jim won a gold medal in the decathlon wearing these shoes.