What you mean my “cow shoes” ain’t legal?

What you mean my "cow shoes" ain't legal?
"Cow shoes," made from cow hooves or wood,
were used by moonshiners
during Prohibition

to hide their tracks and evade customs officials.



Prohibition produces an innovation in deceptive footwear in 1922:

A new method of evading prohibition agents was revealed
here today by A.L. Allen, state prohibition enforcement director, who
displayed what he called a "cow shoe" as the latest thing front the
haunts of moonshiners.

The cow shoe is a strip of metal to which is tacked a wooden block
carved to resemble the hoof of a cow, which may be strapped to the human
foot. A man shod with a pair of them would leave a trail resembling
that of a cow.

The shoe found was picked up near Port Tampa where a still was
located some time ago. It will be sent to the prohibition department at
Washington. Officers believe the inventor got his idea from a Sherlock
Holmes story in which the villain shod his horse with shoes the imprint
of which resembled those of a cow’s hoof.

– We Wanted Beer, The New Yorker>>
– The Evening Independent, 1922>>
Found via Kottke: Moonshiners’ cow shoes>>

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