I have a pair of Saxone Penny Loafers, and a pair of Plain Saxone Weegians.
Both in Oxblood, Ill dig em out and send you a pic of the penny loafers if you want, they're not chunky like the ones you describe, more like a Bass tbh.
MoM, I found a site on internet with retail price index info. That suggests RPI has gone up 14x since 1969 - which would put the current equivalent for the 7 guinea Royals at about £102. That seems a bit low to me but maybe shoe price inflation is even higher (due to lots of guys 50+ pursuing certain shoes?) or the decline in craftsman-based UK shoe industry?
RPI is a tricky one, because not only is shoe price inflation greater than that of many things at the moment (due to the worldwide price of leather, craftsman vs factory-made, fashion etc), but the RPI has been calculated in different ways over the years.
Perhaps more revealing is to compare prices for certain things with the average UK wage, which you can get from the Financial Times (if you want to go back to the '60s) and the Office of National Statistics (more recent years and current figures).
That'll give you an idea of what proportion of someone's wage would have to be spent to buy shoes of whatever. Granted the average wage figure has its problems too, but last time I did the sums -- about two years ago -- a pair of DMs were more than three times more expensive, relative to wages, than the were in 1960 (a pair of bog standard 8 eyelet boots cost £2 in 1960; today the equivalent costs £180, but they were about £160 two years ago).
Clarks Desert Boots available year in year out.And they come in 1/2 sizes.
Its THE 'Skinhead' look that i remember most - Brolly boys .
Just joined the forum and want to thank all the contributors for bringing back some fond distant memories.I hope to bring a few to the table in the near future and return the smiles you brought to my face.I consider myself to have been a mod since around 1968.I believe that Mod is a state of mind,an awareness if you will that comes from somewhere back in the day and permeates your taste and choices for life.I'm lucky to have spent my youth in the Midlands,my teens in the South, London as a young man,and New York as an adult .
So I think I can safely say to many that "I know where you're coming from mate".