Connect with us

Lifestyle

Cultural And Musical Footsteps

What do people do when they listen to music? Often they dance. How do they dance? With their feet. What are they wearing on their feet? Well that depends. Music is something that can be heard, it’s the vibes that go into our brains and tickle our fancy, and fashion is sometimes the external reaction to this. Fashion sets a president and a marker for contemporary society to recognise a particular sector, scene or subculture. The two go hand in hand to create an identity, a character and a desired disguise.

Music and Footwear

Footwear has been an important part of presenting your tastes, the image you crave and your loyalty to a particular group. Shoes can immediately spell out what sort of person you’re. Over the years musicians and their fans have worn specific shoes to highlight their passion and chosen communities. Here are just a few examples of the major players:

Mods

Mods on scooter

In the early to mid 60s the Mod look found young men and women taking pride in their appearance, they designed themselves to create a neat, smart and sharp exterior. In the early days they listened to Modern Jazz and R&B, then English interpreters such as The Who started to represent the Mod look in the UK. However, the scene soon started to drift away with many hard Mods becoming ‘rudeboys’ (we come to later), only for the staple Mod look to resurface in the 70s.

This look is probably the most noticeable whilst describing a Mod. The likes of The Jam and Paul Weller ‘The Modfather’ continued to push the smart and slick image. The popular choice of shoe for a Mod was the Desert Boot. Even today the Desert boot is a cool contender and can be spotted in various factions of society.

Punk / Ska

Here is where the ‘rudeboys’ of the Ska era come into play. Formally derived from the Reggae and Mod scene, the rude boys and skinheads were born. They wore braces, Ben Sherman and Fred Perry shirts, tight Levis and stomped around in Dr Marten’s boots. Similarly, Punk music in the 70s also saw anarchists supporting this new wave of fashion. With their mowahks, tight denims, safety pins and Dr Martens boots. The Punk crowd pumped fists to the sounds of Sham 69, Sex Pistols, Crass, U.K. Subs, Buzzcocks, The Stranglers and Siouxsie & the Banshees.

Hip Hop

Run-DMC Adidas

Away from guitars and drums Hip Hop was bubbling away in the US. Hip Hop artists and followers of the culture adopted fashion from the ghetto. Baggy jeans were worn to represent the way in which poor families supplied old hand me downs from the older sibling to a younger smaller sibling, with carers unable to buy fresh new clothes that fitted their children. The style was soon deemed as cool by outsiders, with even rich kids wanting a piece of the action.

The Adidas Superstar and Originals Shell Toe was the trainer of choice for the archetypal Hip Hop head. Hip Hop collective Run-DMC did well to endorse the style, infusing rap music, break dancing and basketball as an image much loved and still prevalent today.

Rock / Grunge Music

Like the Punks with Dr Martens, Rock and Grunge music created another rebellious shoe – The Converse. Starting its life as a basketball shoe, Converse started to become popular amongst early Punk and Rock scenes, and it then reappeared with Grunge acts such as Nirvana. The shoe was widely recognised as an anti-establishment shoe and became a trendy statement ever since it was worn by the agitating actor James Dean in 1955.

Gothic / Heavy Metal

Gothic Boots
Goths started to wear long black coats, dark eye makeup, and studded jewellery; they were fine with being outcasts of society. Tall Gothic Boots were worn and still are worn by Gothic and Metal fans. This sombre and dark image is backed up by popular bands such as Cradle Of Filth, Theatre Of Tragedy and Ramstien.

Garage / Grime

Garage, 2-Step and Grime are the urban hybrids of UK Hip Hop and Rap music. Commonly MC’s and artists would hype around the microphone wearing tracksuit bottoms and hoodies. The main trainer of pride being the Nike Air Max. A comfortable and flashy trainer that was ideal for running away from police after being caught transmitting a private radio station or scoring a bit of resin.
Fashion is a symbolic way of coding your social structure and determining what part you play in society and music continues to be a key contributor and a clear harness for fashion to flourish.

Featured images:

License: Creative Commons
image source
License: Creative Commons image source
License: Creative Commons image source
James Thorne enjoys writing about music and culture, also owning his own record store in London.

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Business3 weeks ago

Your Basic Guide To Creating A Unique Investment Blog

Starting your own blog is great and once you get the ball rolling, it can be a good passive income...

Business4 weeks ago

3 Low-Risk Ways To Get Your New Business Started

Once you’ve got an initial business idea and believe that it will be a success, there are some basic things...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Conquering the Co-free Zone: Tips for Thriving as a Remote Worker

Adjusting to an office environment can come with its downfalls in the sense that it might be a shock to...

General2 months ago

3 Ways To Take Control Of Your Finances Starting Now

If your finances have taken over and are bringing stress to your life, we understand just how overwhelming it can...

Travel4 months ago

Best Places To Visit In The North Of England

If you live in England, you will know there are many different places to visit for the weekend. There are...

General4 months ago

Green Home Improvement Ideas

In a world where environmental concerns are growing, the concept of “green” has gone beyond a trendy catchphrase and is...

Lifestyle4 months ago

How to Host an Unforgettable House-Warming!

The time has finally come. You have moved into your dream pad, and are officially adulting in your very own...

Autos4 months ago

A Guide to Parking Lot Striping

The journey to a well-striped parking lot begins with the right paint. In this brief guide, we’ll unravel the mystery...

Business7 months ago

Business Tips For Protecting Your Finances During A Recession

In 2023, taking the necessary steps to protect your finances for your business is now more important than ever. The...

Lifestyle8 months ago

Tips For Cleaning Your Trainers

If you’re into your trainers and streetwear, you’re likely to be very conscious of keeping them looking their best! So,...

Marketing8 months ago

Branding Trends For Start-Ups in 2023

Branding is incredibly important as it impacts how your business reaches and connects with its target market. If you’re branding...

Business8 months ago

Avoiding the Wrong Kind of Growth

Growth is vital for any business – some models, like tech start-ups, are built around periods of dramatic, explosive growth...

Business8 months ago

How To Become A Property Developer

There are several reasons why an individual will want to become a property developer. One of the main reasons for...

Tech11 months ago

What Is The Difference Between Cyber Attacks and Cyber Threats?

If you own a business that uses the cloud to manage workloads, you have probably heard of the terms cyberattack...

Marketing11 months ago

3 Types of Marketing Every Small Construction Business Should Do

Construction is a very saturated sector, whether you’re a large or small construction company, so marketing should be at the...

Categories

Archives

Trending