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What is gum shoes?

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Why are they called gum shoes? Some shoe soles at the turn of the 19th century were made from gum rubber—a soft-soled precursor of our modern sneaker bottoms. 'Gumshoes' were shoes or boots made of this gum rubber. Such soft-soled shoes allowed for a quiet step.

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Gum shoe is a slang term for a detective or investigator.

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