MUSIC & SHOE HISTORY

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.



Rolling Stones
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Dance Shoes

The eternal allure of The Rolling Stones was undeniably aided by their exceptional front man: Mick Jagger. He is renowned for his moves on stage and truly energetic performances. And, in his early career, all of this was made possible with the help of his dancing shoes.

One of the longest running rock music acts in history, The Rolling Stones have a global following and still enjoy mass-appeal putting on sell-out concerts. In their early years, part of the reason for this was the ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ persona of Mick Jagger. When they first emerged in the 1960s, The Stones were pitched as the ‘bad-boy’ alternative to the ‘clean-cut’ Beatles. By the mid-seventies, Jagger was adept at displaying his natural panache, working as hard on his wardrobe as on his ‘mockney’ accent.

Oddly enough for a rockstar, in 1976 Jagger wore dance shoes akin to the footwear of ballet dancers. It is likely that in these shoes Jagger was able to pull off dance routines that he otherwise couldn’t. For this reason, they probably served a more practical, as opposed to fashionable, purpose. Still, we think he rocked them well.

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