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.

Michael Jackson
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The facilitators of his world-famous moonwalk routine, Michael Jackson frequently gave performances in black leather loafers. In the mid-nineties, Jackson enjoyed global appeal and gave regular concerts. Many of the shoes he wore, either during the concerts themselves or during rehearsals, have since been sold off at auction, with some fetching up to $90,000. So, to get your hands on a pair of authentic MJ loafers, you may need to win the lottery first.

Were it not for his untimely death in 2009, Michael Jackson would have turned 59 this year. Today, we remember Jackson for his record-breaking hits, iconic fashion statements and, of course, his dance moves. The pop star's signature moonwalk and gravity-defying ‘Smooth Criminal’ lean wouldn’t have been possible without his black loafers. This is because the shoes were specially designed to enable his famous full-body tilt.

Jackson wore a pair of Florsheim black loafers with a white elastic strip attached to the shoe for his 15-minute VMA performance, featuring Slash, and he wore them again at the Michael Jackson and Friends charity show for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.