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.

Mike Skinner (The Streets)
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Kicker Hi

If you, like Mike Skinner, are after a classic style with standout appeal, the Kick Hi is perfect. Durable leather uppers and a hardwearing sole make it ideal for summer festivals and outdoor events. Of course, this fan-favourite enjoys some musical celebrity endorsement of its own: it has been worn on stage by everyone from Oasis to The Stone Roses.

Including padded ankles and laced fastenings, the Kick Hi range is designed with comfort in mind. This may explain why this shoe appeals to performing artists: because it means they can do their thing on stage in comfort and style.

During the 1980s, Kicker boots became very popular in the UK, with the Kicker Hi as the brand’s flagship product. Artists such as David Bowie and Elton John helped the shoe reach the height of its success. A few years later, the Britpop wave further added to the shoe’s fame. Then, in the ‘00s, the generation of British rave gave way to British rap and reggae. Cue The Streets: Mike Skinner’s bedroom brainchild. Skinner was seen wearing a pair of Kick His during his performance at Glastonbury in 2009.