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


Publication/Creation Date
1939
Media Type
Graphical Image
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
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
Wearables
Discursive Type
Inventions
Location on Body
Feet
Technology Keywords
Footwear, Boots
Marketing Keywords
Source
https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=2007.0014.001

Related Collections
The Wearable Past (2018)
Date archived
April 6 2018
Last edited
November 9 2018
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