Im not sure , i wasn't around then obviously, i wear the stuff they wore back then now ( brutus, ben sherman, levis) etc, i also have the expensive solovair boots. even though work boots were worn back then at first, not exactly my definition of expensive footwear!. my point is stuff is a lot of the stuff back then was cheaper and better quality than it is now, and a lot of people don't have the money or time to buy these premium items, especially where i live.
If i was better off i would get these expensive items, but im not, and i haven't got a bad word off the old skins i talk to when im at the pub.
Its not like the original skins always wore the genuine article anyway, some wore fake sheepskins, Harringtons off the market etc, as evidenced by what some of the people have said in this thread, and in my opinion does not make them any less valid then anyone else