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post #13501 of 18548
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post

Back in 69 we did not have trainers as we know today.  Only plimsolls and these were only used in the gym and not worn in public.  We used to run in old army boots for boxing training that I am sure was for punishment more than anything else

 

The first time I saw real trainers was around 1980 when a bloke I was training with ran to the Dojo in Adidas ? ( the ones with the 3 stripes down each side) and at the time I did not consider wearing them out socially but bought a pair for training.  When I did buy a pair they were the astronomical price of £23 that I thought was way over the top for a pair of plimsolls.  But they were certainly a new foot comfort experience. 

 

I am still not that keen on wearing trainers today but I seem to always have a pair of Reebok Classics that are ideal for walking on holiday but I do not generally wear with jeans for social wearing

 

 

The first cool trainers were the  brown adidas samba that i think hit around  79 before then plimsoles inc Green flash were for 5 a sides only ...  was the hip hop kids in NY then later the casuals in the uk that turned them into life style choices ...  any man with any skinhead / Ivy  intention should steer well clear of anything more casual shoe wise than bass wejuns IMO.

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Ed. I do not know what a Blazer DB is, but it could be English style, as some Minets wore english Stuff, like college boy caps.

About ageing ex.skinheads, i guess they are not all fat, bald (no offense to anybody) with Sambas and shorts. I am sure That on this thread most have a sense of sartorial elegance... Anyway i hope so!
Edited by Clouseau - 7/13/13 at 6:15am
post #13503 of 18548
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Originally Posted by Ed Vaughan View Post


Lightweights!

We were so hard we used Mazola cooking oil as we lay on sheets of baco-foil! biggrin.gif

Cut-offs for us.

It felt quite decadent wrecking a pair of Levi's but, if I remember correctly, the summers of '69 and '70, were too warm to wear proper strides all the time... and we had to retain a certain look. nod[1].gif

 

I had forgotten about the North and South divide at the Watford Gap Ed - We of course had stacks of reserves of Calamine Lotion for our Southern Soft Baby Skin !!

 

I think back then Levis were looked upon as a fashion 'tool' whereby when the your new pairs were broken in you would wear for going out.  Once faded they then would start to sag so were used for work and then if holes at the knees or oil stains appeared etc they would be 'cut down' - a very adaptable 'tool'

post #13504 of 18548
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post


About ageing ex.skinheads, i guess they are not all fat, bald, with Sambas and shorts. I am sure That on this thread most have a sense of sartorial elegance... Anyway i hope so!

 

I am not fat - I have an abundance of relaxed muscle

I am not bald - I have a minus Number one crop

Sense of sartorial elegance - designer shorts with braces

 

More of a sense of humour

post #13505 of 18548
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post

I agree, when I wear the 'chino ' type shorts I wear them with boat shoes (no socks) and a loose summer type shirt mainly on holiday but also this week with the rare sunshine.

 

I have said before that in 69 as 'skinheads' we would not wear shorts in public.  We only wore cut down Levis on the building sites with DMs.

 

Another thought was that we would spend all summer on site getting a tan and never new about or used sun protection cream.  Later in the 70s we used 'Ambre Solaire' oil but this was not for protection but to enhance the colour.  I can still remember the smell - it brings back early holidays in the Costa Brava !!


Spot on. No shorts but cut down Levi's on building sites or DIY projects. I always worked on building sites in summer. No hard hats, old DM's,cut down Levi's, shirt off all day to get the tan. No 'elf an safety and no knowledge of skin cancer. Ambre Solaire and calamine lotion when you forgot.

I wore Desert Boots and don't remember my first trainers. I had a pair of Dunlop green flash when they came out.

Football boots were Puma or Adidas. The creative players wore Puma and the solid, reliable defenders wore the Adidas. I did cross country running in plimsolls.

post #13506 of 18548
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post

Ed. I do not know what a Blazer DB is, but it could be English style, as some Minets wore english Stuff, like college boy caps.

Sorry pal - D/B = Double Breasted.

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post #13507 of 18548
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post

I had forgotten about the North and South divide at the Watford Gap Ed - We of course had stacks of reserves of Calamine Lotion for our Southern Soft Baby Skin !!

I think back then Levis were looked upon as a fashion 'tool' whereby when the your new pairs were broken in you would wear for going out.  Once faded they then would start to sag so were used for work and then if holes at the knees or oil stains appeared etc they would be 'cut down' - a very adaptable 'tool'
Yep - but I wish I'd held on to a few pairs of the saggy, faded ones... I could almost afford a new pair. biggrin.gif
post #13508 of 18548
wasn't Dormeuil suits mostly double breasted?
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Thanks for the explanation, Ed. Blazer D/B were very popular here until the eighties. And they seem to make a come back...
post #13510 of 18548
flyfronted. I was just talking to the GF on the trainer/plimsoll subject,she said she thinks she first saw them here about 80,i had a pair of brown suede adidas ( my first trainers ) about 80 or 81,i would wear them now with shorts.I had a quick look online at dunlop green flash they are about £30 now !,i have to say i definitely saw young skins down here wear white plimsolls and also guys from Leeds i mentioned in another post.
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Clouseau. I dont want to upset your ideas,but at the moment in this heat it is shorts for me ( at work and home and gym ) not fat or bald ( yet ).Today i made a quick visit to shopping mall ( got another pair of prince of wales check trousers in a sale ) i was one of the few blokes NOT wearing shorts ! most looked terrible but one guy in his 50s was wearing a Fred Perry,shorts and boating shoes and looked ok IMO.Suitable summer clothing in a heatwave would make an interesting topic IMO.
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Cerneabbas, i must say to my great shame that i wear a chino short for a week now... Too hot !
But i never wore (and will never wear) Sambas !
just a matter of personal taste, of course.
Edited by Clouseau - 7/14/13 at 1:53am
post #13513 of 18548
My radio (ham) club has its annual rally tomorrow, so going tonight - 6.00pm - to set up tables/chairs/stands etc... will definitely have chino shorts and Adidas trainers on. (10-year-old Ben Sherman too - it was bought very baggy!!!) happy.gif

Fat (though not as lardy as i have been) - I'm still incredibly handsome... so I expect swooning from the ladies in attendance. shog[1].gif

(Unfortunately, most are the wives of club members, and, at 59, I'm one of the 'younger crowd'.) icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #13514 of 18548
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Originally Posted by flyfronted View Post

 

 

The first cool trainers were the  brown adidas samba that i think hit around  79 before then plimsoles inc Green flash were for 5 a sides only ...  was the hip hop kids in NY then later the casuals in the uk that turned them into life style choices ...  any man with any skinhead / Ivy  intention should steer well clear of anything more casual shoe wise than bass wejuns IMO.

I believe it was around 1972-74,we were wearing Adidas Stan Smith .Then something that looked more like the lightweight Nylon Running shoes of today-again it was an all white shoe,but I can't for the life of me remember the name? Possibly Gola or Mitre,worn with slim Lois Navy wide whale cords in my case.There was a brief showing of all White baseball (All Star?) canvas boots around this period also,worn with the baggier trousers by the early Northern Soul lads.

post #13515 of 18548
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Originally Posted by buttons View Post


Just a quick interuption as really busy (not even had time to watch the Rod thing yet!).
Think that's Leonard Lyles - gentlemens outfitters in Camberwell, SE London - they did Harris Tweed suits and the likes.

 

That would make sense Buttons as he had a penchant for big,bold tweeds,dogtooth checks and the like.

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