Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Shoes for Bahamas Junkanoo Revue costume

Catalog Data

Designed by:
Wilshire Dames, Bahamian  Search this
leather, rubber, felt, nylon, plastic, metal, tissue paper, sequin, paint, Glass bead, trimming, synthetic fiber, and glue
H x W x D (a. left shoe): 7 × 4 × 12 1/2 in. (17.8 × 10.2 × 31.8 cm)
H x W x D (b. right shoe): 7 × 4 × 12 1/2 in. (17.8 × 10.2 × 31.8 cm)
ceremonial costume
Place made:
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Cultural Place:
Bahamas, Caribbean, North and Central America
The sneaker shoes of a man's costume for the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, a junkanoo troupe in Miami, Florida.
The shoes are sneakers that have been decorated to match the rest of the costume. The body of each sneaker has been covered in red tissue paper and red felt. The tongues of the shoes have gold metallic, oval-shaped beading around them and a decorative jewel in the center. There are red shoelaces crossed over each tongue. The tops and bodies of each sneaker are trimmed in three rows of gold metallic beading and gold fabric trim along the bottom in a scalloped pattern. There are large circular faux gemstones throughout the sneakers in blue, clear, and gold. The toes of each sneaker have large circular decorations with a gold net-like appearance on the inside and several small light blue jewels throughout. The insides of the sneakers are lined in red felt and the black rubber soles of the sneakers are visible.
African American  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Dance  Search this
Folklife  Search this
Holidays and festivals  Search this
Identity  Search this
Music  Search this
Ornamentation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture