An innovator, true artist and enduring icon of British music, David Bowie shot to fame in the early 1970s. Garish and glitzy, this was a time of ultimate subversion in fashion, and characters like Bowie led the way. Thanks to the late, great glam-rock king, platform boots had their heydey in the seventies, with thousands of women—and, of course, men— owning a pair.
Bowie was an artist who was not afraid to push the boundaries, and he did so in both his musical and visual aesthetic. The result was a superstar of mysterious and intriguing proportions who was able to uphold the enigma at the core of his persona. Constantly keeping people guessing, Bowie was an artist ahead of his time. His ability to influence trends and even shift public opinion on gender fluidity was uncanny.
With Bowie, shoes once considered indicative of femininity were catapulted into the droves of the masculine mode. For the first time ever in the twentieth century, men wearing platform boots was not just acceptable but also extremely cool. Contrary to instigating transphobic feelings, these men were seen to exude sex appeal.