http://www.solatio.co.uk/ To think we replaced Smooths and Brogues with these monstrosities and there back ??
So that's what Solatios looked like. I think they're mentioned in Robert Elms' "The Way We Wore" and I came across references to them when looking up Royals on the internet some time ago. Quite a lot about them on a Liverpool-oriented forum that was linked on a post here a little while ago.
When did they reappear with this new manufacturer? Interesting that someone seems to have identified possible demand from forums like this.
They look vaguely familiar so perhaps I saw them back then but I don't remember them being in fashion round my way and wasn't familiar with the name until recent Internet searches mentioned above.
The most desirable/fashionable shoes in my area from memory, and dates very rough 40 years on, were:
1970/71 Royals (longwing brogues): black or oxblood
1971/72 Loafers - well that's what they were known as, though they were more of a lace-up moccasin, black with a soft sole, mostly from Bata. Very commonly worn with Ruperts and patchwork jumpers. I never liked these shoes.
1972/73 stack soles/ heels
1973/74 Derber (?) with white crepe soles