The history of the spiked track shoes, stretches back to the latter half of the nineteenth century. Several brands featured shoes with spikes through their soles to give traction on the dirt and cinder running tracks that dotted the stadia and schools of Europe and North America, and to a lesser extent, other regions which they influenced.
Today's throwback is one part book review and one part reminder of the way things used to be. The book is Rob Hadgraft's excellent biography of the old school Ultra Marathoner, Arthur Newton. Titled "Tea With Mr. Newton: 100,000 Miles the Longest Protest March in History,” it refers to government bureaucracy at its stoggiest, and Newton's hope for a platform of celebrity to speak to his financial mistreatment.