With the growth of heavy industry, thick-soled boots with reinforced toecaps were needed. The leather boots provided protection to the feet of workers and were needed in Britain’s factories and foundries. The leather boot also became the choice of footwear of the British army.
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Steel cap boots – with their metal cap exposed, or concealed beneath the leather upper, became the footwear of the British working-class male. Skinheads began to emerge as a youth movement in the early 1960s. Their working-class roots were reflected in their adoption of the “Steel Caps”.
By the 80’s, Skinhead style became synonymous with football terrace hooliganism and violence. The decade approached its anarchic close, steel caps were favoured by Punks and their nihilism was matched by ferocious creativity.
Grunge emerged in America and during the late 80’s and 90’s, steel cap boots and shoes returned. Favoured by Riot Grrls and then by Cyberpunks and was then picked-up by fashion-forward kids in Tokyo’s Harajuku district.
These steel cap boots with rubber sole and distinctive 3 row puritan stitch remains the choice for the most uncompromising wearers. A new generation of customers began embracing steel cap boots and shoes for its androgynous, authentic and distinctive silhouette.
The leather boots and shoes are available in UK Size 3-13 with a 3, 8, 10, 14, 20 and 30 pressed steel “Underground” eyelet option. Soles are available in the Single, Double or Triple style. The Steel Cap boots and shoes have the advantage of being available in Custom Made styles.