It is said the shoes musicians wear do more than just improve a musical movement. They can represent an entire subculture. This was certainly the case with Paul Weller’s iconic Ilkon Jam Mod Shoes. If you were a mod in the 1960s, you had to be up-to-speed with your fashion. After all, this subculture was labelled as a ‘fashion-obsessed and hedonistic cult of the hyper-cool’.
At the forefront of this fashion-mad subculture was music, with acts like The Who and The Kinks leading the way. Paul Weller, the lead singer of The Jam—a mod revival band active during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s—was a symbol of the mod mode. He adopted a smooth, sophisticated look that included tailor-made suits with narrow lapels, thin ties, button down collar shirts and, of course, his Ilkon Jam Mod Shoes.
The mod subculture was also accompanied by a penchant for French Nouvelle Vague hairstyles and parka military coats. This trend even continued into the ‘90s, with Britpop giant, Oasis, reviving the look.