Look closely at the photo, you can see Jim Thorpe is wearing different socks and shoes. This wasn’t a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, an American Indian from Oklahoma, represented the U.S. in track and field.
On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage can. The pair he’s wearing in the photo. Notice one of the shoes was too big, so he wore an extra sock.