Our music and shoe history wouldn’t be complete without mentioning ‘the King’. An undisputed legend of rock ‘n roll, Elvis Presley loved to wear—and sing about—his blue suede shoes. Known for his iconic performances and lashings of sex appeal, Elvis was the go-to source of inspiration for rock ‘n roll artists for decades. His influence endures to this day, with his renditions being enjoyed daily by millions of people all over the world.
One such rendition is ‘Blue Suede Shoes’: a rock ‘n roll standard originally written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. Presley performed his version of the song three times on national television. On the 1st July 1956, Presley, dressed in formal evening wear, on his introduction to the Steve Allen Show, said, ‘I think I have something tonight that’s not quite right for evening wear’. Allen asked, ‘What's that, Elvis?’ ‘Blue suede shoes’ was the reply.
Following this, the shoes shot to widespread popularity with thousands of people wanting a pair. These days, Elvis’ blue suede shoes are equally as desirable—a pair of them recently went on auction fetching the kingly sum of $80,000.