|Large cleats and horseshoe|
I remember in the 60s when Beatle boots were in fashion. Nearly every Singapore band boy was buying a pair to show his worth.
Some of these boots even had cleats (left image) which were metal on the sole, supposedly to provide secure footing. They made a clickety-clack sound to announce the arrival of the proud user who would display his footwear either on the streets or the dance floors.
Then came the extraordinary. Some of these boots and common leather sneakers or loafers were fitted with horseshoes, yes, horseshoes. Youths of yesteryear had genuine horseshoes on soles to prance and gallop around with.
"See the way he walks down the street/Watch the way he shuffles his feet/My, he holds his head up high/When he goes walking by, he's my guy/When he holds my hand, I'm so proud/'Cause he's not just one of the crowd... 'He's A Rebel' (Gene Pitney)."
This freakish fashion footwear was the ultimate in the 1960s as teenagers would cock their fancy studs, some with cowboy Stetson hats and flowery patterned garb to boot! Like the younger guys today, 60s kids wanted to be different. Like James Dean - a rebel without a cause.
|Horseshoe on sneakers or loafers.|
I don't remember where I bought my pair of horseshoes but they were available at the cobblers on the streets, in shoe-shops and at some hardware places but when my father saw me one evening clickety-clacking in the middle of the night on the cement floor of our home he literary put his foot down. I had to get rid of them sooner than I thought.
"Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,/Honey, lay off of my shoes/Blue, blue/'Blue Suede Shoes'... (Carl Perkins)."
"The boots look good but the chink, chink, chink sound is annoying!" remarked my father glancing at my shoes while reading his favourite Indonesian newspaper.
|Rusty horseshoes and large cleats on boots.|
"Now I’m stepping out this old brown shoe/Baby I’m in love with you/I’m so glad you came here/It won’t be the same now,/I’m telling you... 'Old Brown Shoes'. (The Beatles)."
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Original Article: Andy Lim.