Music and shoes have more than a little shared history, they’re practically sole mates. The two industries have been inextricably laced together for decades, each channeling the mood of an era in their own respective ways. Consistently remaining icons of style, we look at how they’ve always been a step ahead of everyone else.

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Knee Hi Boots

Nothing says the ‘70s quite like ABBA: one of the biggest bands of the decade. Formed in 1972 in Stockholm, they are one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. A signature part the ABBA look was, of course, their fabulous knee-high boots.

ABBA was widely known for the colourful and trend-setting costumes its members wore. Jazzy, funky and camper than a row of tents, these outfits would define not only ABBA but also an entire era. Funnily enough, the band’s style was influenced by Swedish tax law. Their glitzy hot pants, sequined jumpsuits and knee-high boots were designed not just for the band to stand out, but also for tax efficiency. The law stated: so long as the costumes were outrageous enough that they couldn't possibly be worn on the street, the cost could be deducted against tax.

‘Mamma mia!’

Reflecting on the group’s sartorial record, Björn Ulvaeus said: ‘In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.’ Now we know why.