🎾 Guess when the first *colorful* tennis shoes graced the courts?
Historically, tennis players sported all-white outfits during matches. Adidas made these blue tennis shoes—the first in a color other than white—for none other than Billie Jean King! They were made to help her stand out in the televised match “Battle of the S*xes” against Bobby Riggs in 1973.
To match the shoes, designer Ted Tinling famously added a touch of blue to her outfit. BJK was also the first female player to lend her name to a specific shoe style.
Visit the Museum and see items from BJK's archive in our Center for Women's History. https://bit.ly/3p8j4lh