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I am a big fan of desert boots in general and Clarks in particular. They are a great, versatile boot. I would not pay £250 for a pair though.I never pay more than £50.
I can still smell those first pair of brand new  Levi's! The orange tab ones I bought next were somehow not the same. My brother and me both sat in a cold water bath to shrink our red tabs. Mum went spare when she saw the colour of the water in the bath. I always liked a deep indigo colour for my jeans. For my mob Wranglers didn't quite cut it because they were cheaper and not so rigid.
I seem to remember that there used to be quite a bit of confusion over Royals,Gibsons, Longwings etc. I used to use the term American brogues (even for longwings made in UK) and Smooths.I never quite understood what shoe a mate had bought until I actually saw the shoe. Many of the terms like Royals or Gibsons could mean a different shoe to different people. My first pair of redtab Levi's were shrink to fit. 1 " in the waist and 4" in the leg. The jeans were heavier than...
Yes, I did. And for a bit of a French connection what about Manu Dibango? I still have LPs by all of the above mentioned names.
Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela were popular in the 1980's in London as well. I remember going to a club in South London to see them.The audience was mixed age wise and racially. The term World Music was used to cover a very wide range of music but aficionados knew the origins of the music. I also liked the Afro beat of Fela Kuti. Great for dancing to. I worked in Tanzania around that time and at one village party I was really looking forward to the music but they ended up...
Mine is almost ldentical to this one. I think I paid £50 for it.
It's a medium size 40 just above the knee length. It fits so well I can't get rid of it. I might just wear it one day.
As an original I didn't  know anything about skinhead revivals but in 1979 I sold my 10 year old 3 piece mtm tonik mohair suit to my 16 year old  chainboy working with me on a construction site. I felt like giving him a slap when the next day he turned up for work wearing the trousers.Turned out he only wanted the jacket. The rivalists. No respect for the clothes, eh? He got an original suit and I got a couple of days pay for a suit that didn't fit anymore.
This made me laugh because of a similar experience. A few years back I bought a leather coat from TKMAXX and it fits like a glove but I can't wear it because I look like an East European gangster. It remains in the loft. At school it was mainly the girls who wore leather coats in green turquoise  blue or white sometimes paired with leather boots.They looked the business. I think it was an expensive take on the Mod pvc coats which they also wore.
And Jimmy Savile is just off camera eyeing them all up.
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