It’s all about the shoes.
In the spirit of our brand new Music & Shoes History board, celebrating shoes through the ages and the fantastic artists who wore them, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you shop like your favourite stars. From legends like Elvis Presley and the Beatles to current sensations Kanye West and Lady Gaga, these celebrated music artists were way ahead of their time. Capture their effortless style and confidence by starting from the feet up.
Read on to find out how you can look just as fabulous – we’ve handpicked nine looks that you can recreate with The Natural Shoe Store.
The famous ‘60s band were so synonymous with the Chelsea Boot that at their peak, their favourite variant of the shoe was nicknamed the Beatles Boot. The Beatles were the very definition of trendsetters, purveyors of mod culture with the sleek dark suits and matching footwear. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the first two to succumb to the Chelsea Boot charm, with George Harrison and Ringo Starr quickly following, until the boot (like the Beatles) had reached worldwide fame.
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These sophisticated boots have been associated with Chelsea since the 1950s, when a trendy group of artists began wearing them on King’s Road in West London. The R.M. Williams Comfort Craftsman boot mirrors that iconic elegance, sporting the same classic style made from high quality leather. With a comfortable padded heel and supported arch, this Chelsea Boot is ideal for everyday wear.
Singer and songwriter David Bowie was just as acclaimed for his eclectic fashion sense as his incredible music. He pushed the boundaries of gender fluidity, often seen in colourful, garish outfits and iconic high-heeled shoes. In a contrary look that’s no less powerful, Bowie rocks an all-black style with matching loafers to showcase his ultimate cosmopolitan style.
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A brand uniquely associated with Bowie, and a stylish shoe in his name, the T & F Slack Shoemakers London David loafer in black with electric blue lining is a standout staple item. Made from luxury suede with smooth leather binding, this smart shoe is comfortable and wearable without bucking the trend. Sneak a little Bowie into your outfit for that same passionate confidence.
Pete Townshend (The Who)
Mod to the core, band of the century The Who were unafraid to try new things, and lead guitarist Pete Townshend headlined this concept. A fan of pearly jackets and breaking guitars on stage, Townshend was clearly a ‘60s hipster. This rebelliousness was often seen in his love for Dr Martens boot, with their active style and individual aesthetic. In performances, however, Townshend was fond of the simple derby shoe: classic, reliable and versatile.
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The Who were renowned for their amazing rock’n’roll performances, where the fun often devolved into instrumental destruction – Townshend was the first musician to smash up a guitar on stage, becoming an unforgettable icon in one swift moment. He needed a shoe that would last the length of the show with comfortable support: the G.H. Bass & Co. Monogram Derby Danite Stud in black would have been perfect. With chic French collar binding and polished hi-shine smooth leather, this shoe is fit for a rockstar.
Paul Weller (The Jam)
Still a fashion icon today, in the 1960s and ‘70s Paul Weller was at the forefront of mod style. He was the frontman for The Jam which, like other bands of this era, founded the relationship between music and fashion that was key to the country’s youth and the popularity of new wave rock. Weller has always preferred sleek and sophisticated modes of dress: smart suits and sharp shoes. It’s no surprise that a pair of modern, high-quality loafers are right up his street.
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The smartest loafers in town, with this classic design you can’t go wrong. G.H. Bass & Co. Larkin Weejuns are a style match for Weller’s own chic pair, finishing off the attractive mod look with timeless renown. In this iconic design, these loafers come in an effortlessly versatile black that’s offset by dramatic tassels, perfect for the office environment and the after-work drinks that follow.
Credited with truly defining the 1970s punk rock genre, The Ramones were into minimalist clothing finished off by an artsy mop of shaggy hair. Fitted worn tees, jeans and the iconic biker jacket, The Ramones could also be recognised by their simple white canvas trainers. Their carefree and disaffected stylish attitude became a powerful influence on the music scene that still lingers today through the band’s iconic logo t-shirts.
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Effortless nonchalance is the design to go for when trying to incorporate some of The Ramones into your everyday style – and the classic trainers are the place to start. The Kawasaki Footwear 2301 Basic White are ideal for slipping on casually for a comfortable fit. With a mixed canvas-suede upper and durable rubber sole, these are the snug white trainers that you know you can count on.
Instantly recognisable, Michael Jackson was a style inspiration. A revolutionary singer and performer during the 1980s and ‘90s, he was unafraid to embellish, reigniting the fashion foray into jackets and made fedoras cool again. His incredible dance routines, however, meant that he needed sensible shoes and classic black loafers certainly fit the bill. Undoubtedly stylish and easy to move in, these shoes will get you dancing.
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While authentic black loafers worn by the King of Pop himself go for upwards of $90,000, it is possible to bag yourself a quality pair within your price range. Achieve the same superstar feel with the G.H. Bass & Co. Larson Weejuns in classic matte black. These exemplary shoes are a True Original from the full range, made of stylish genuine leather and featuring handsewn moc stitching and fine detailing.
One of the most famous female artists of her generation, Britney Spears’ first album would go on to launch her into stardom and make her into a household name. The number one hit ‘... Baby One More Time’ featuring teenaged Britney in a schoolgirl’s uniform, complete with the classic derby shoes, became emblematic of female rebellion towards the end of the 1990s. While Britney has had many iconic looks over the last two decades, this is one we’ll always remember.
Go back to school for fashionable retro footwear with black derby lace-ups. The Solovair Gibson Derby Black shoes echo a similar curved shape, with robust heel and comfortable ridged sole. Handcrafted in the UK from hi-shine smooth leather, this exemplary shoe also features a signature grey sole perimeter stitch. Perfect for showcasing your inner Britney.
Whatever your style wearing comfortable shoes made from high quality materials is a must. Indulge in exemplary footwear fit for the stars with The Natural Shoe Store.