With the growth of heavy industry, thick-soled boots with reinforced toecaps were needed to protect the feet of workers in Britain’s factories and foundries, as well as becoming the footwear of the British army.
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Steel-capped boots – with their metal cap exposed or concealed beneath the leather upper – became the footwear of the British working-class male. As skinheads emerged as youth movement in the early 1960s, their working-class roots were reflected in their adoption of the steel capped boot.
By the 80s, skinhead style has become synonymous with football terrace hooliganism and violence. But as the decade approached its anarchic close, steel caps found favour with the punks, whose nihilism was matched by their ferocious creativity.
As grunge emerged in America during the late 80s and 90s, steel-caps returned on the feet of riot grrls and then cyberpunks, before being picked up by fashion-forward kids in Tokyo’s Harajuku district.
Durable as ever, the steel capped boot with rubber sole and distinctive 3 row puritan stitch remains the choice for the most uncompromising wearers with a new generation of customers embracing the steel cap for its androgynous authentic and distinctive silhouette.
Available as a 3. 22.214.171.124 and 30 eyelet boots on a single double or triple sole. Allgender.
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