Pilot's Boot Liner, 1939

Pilot's Boot Liner, 1939
Artifact no. 2007.0014
Canada Science and Technology Museum

Publication/Creation Date
Media Type
Graphical Image
Persuasive Intent
While not considered “smart” technology by contemporary standards, the integration of electricity with footwear in these pilot’s boot liners was surely considered an impressive example of technological innovation at the time. Created for high-altitude flying, these boot liners were lined with non-ferrous metal electrical connectors that could be powered—and heated—by the plane’s on-board electrical system. This was an efficient means of keeping a pilot’s feet warm during cold flights in non-insulated airplanes, without taking up additional space in the cabin. These particular boot liners were used by a British pilot, stationed in England during WWII, who wore them during a bombing campaign over Nazi-occupied Europe.

Made in London, England.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Technology Keywords
Footwear, Boots
Marketing Keywords

Related Collections
The Wearable Past (2018)
Date archived
April 6 2018
Last edited
June 18 2019
How to cite this entry
(1939). "Pilot's Boot Liner, 1939
Artifact no. 2007.0014
Canada Science and Technology Museum". Canada Science and Technology Museum. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/2916