Finally picked myself a pair of smooths....any regional preferences on shoe type, between brogues and smooths? I've heard smooths were actually worn first, then brogues came later.
There's a confusing timeline here. Let me tell you what I remember.
The Northern mods between about 66 and 68 went something like this:
Desert boots or black bowling shoes, then penny loafers, then brogues or lace-up shoes with a loafer-like apron (confusingly we called them Gibsons). The brogues were not necessarily American-style wing-tips, but often had a broad, rounded toe; they always had fairly deep punch-holes. By 1968 loafers were out of fashion.
The London totters/hard mods, morphing into skinheads in '68:
When I arrived in London I was surprised to find loafers still worn concurrently with 'ordinary' brogues. In '68 there was that brief vogue for jodhpur boots.
Skinheads in '69:
Squire Shop smooths and brogues simultaneously. Squire shop tassel loafers afterwards.