Throughout the last century, fashion for feet has been stamping its mark on society. Shoes are an essential as well as a form of personal expression. With so many styles and brands of shoes out there, it is even more impressive that the shoes on this list have managed to stand head and shoulders above the others and have built an identity all of their own…
Jimmy Choo’s – Sex and the city catapulted Jimmy Choo’s shoes to become a household name in the late 1990’s, and the most desired item by women everywhere when it first burst onto our television screens. Although before Sex and the City, the shoes were well loved even by royalty, with Princess Diana being a big fan, it was really the success of the show that turned it into the shoe icon it is today. The shoe of choice for Carrie and co, it was the epitome of glamour and a celebrity favourite for red carpet, statement making footwear.
Nike Air Jordans – In 1985, possibly the most famous trainers ever hit the sneaker scene. Legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan became part of shoe legend when he stepped out in the Nike Air Jordans. Everybody wanted to be like Michael Jordan, and the shoes flew off the shelves faster than Jordan flew into the basketball hoops. It wasn’t all plain sailing though, as the NBA banned Michael from wearing the Air Jordan 1’s for not complying with shoe colour regulations – this controversy only served to make them even more popular though, and the image of Michael Jordan in a pair is still an iconic image of the 1980’s. They remain to this day a popular choice of trainer, some of the original and rarer versions are very sought after by collectors.
Doctor Martens – Introduced to Britain as boots for the working man, it was Pete Townshend, guitarist of The Who, that gave Doctor Martens their first push into becoming the iconic shoe that they are today. He wanted a pair of boots that he could be comfortable in on stage and could jump around in whilst playing the guitar. By the 1970’s the boots with the air cushioned soles had become immensely popular amongst the youth of Britain, as well as celebrities from supermodels to MP’s wearing them (Tony Benn was seen wearing a pair in the House of Commons)! More than 50 years later, and Doctor Martens are still going as strong as they ever were all over Britain – if you are looking for Dr Martens Shoes Gloucester shoe shop still has people coming in their droves to buy Dr Martens shoes from Cottersshoes.