"American swimmer Gertrude Ederle achieved fame when she competed in the 1924 Olympics and became the first woman to swim across the English Channel in her private later life, she taught swimming at a school for deaf children.
This pair of red rubber, “silver wing” bathing shoes would have been worn by a swimmer in pursuit of both fashion and fun at the end of the Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum Photo credit: 2011 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada.
Gertrude Ederle swam the English channel wearing three layers of grease and a "scandalous" two-piece swimsuit. She was 19 years old, the first woman to swim the channel, and she did it 2 hours faster than any man. In a violent storm.