Interesting, I'm guessing they were the rubber sole DMS boots the British army was still using at the time then.
Heres a picture of me with my sheepskin I posted earlier( I might look like I'm squinting a bit cos I haven't got my jam jars on)
Young Londoners ' printed in 72 here's the book in full via FB https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1668328996770430.1073741831.1539516276318370&type=3
It has, but the interesting thing is that you can see two 'skins' graffitis. I remember one of the 'Original' posters (i don't remember who) said it was a common sight early seventies.
About 'gay skinheads', most probably you could find as many gays among late 60s skinheads than among 'straights' , 'hairies' or 'mockers'...
Still, they had a reputation as state this 1969 book : 'Les mauvais lieux de Londres' , that has two pages about skinheads.
An extract : 'If by night at Chelsea you run into them (skinheads), avoid them. They will only take you to bad places, and you'll almost never see them with girls. Their behavior is pederastic...'
For what it's worth...
A rare non english testimony about skinheads, from 1969. Thanks to Riton23, an old poster from this forum, who sent me this extract a long time ago.
Donkey Jacket is correct "Ruperts" were straight no turn up - we also used to refer to them as "Jaytex Checks".
As for Oxford Bags - when they first came out, they were actually flares with turn-ups and not real Oxford Bags at all. It took quite a while before real Oxford Bags - much baggier and straight like the 1930's originals, started to appear. When I hand my first real pair I took a great deal of stick and they were referred to as "Charlie Chaplin Trousers".
The sleeveless "tank tops" were everywhere.
Are this shoes the lace ups with those angle panels on top, over the toe ? I think they were made by Solatio and went back into production a couple of years ago.
Sadly Cloussea, your picture is a good snapshot of how many lads looked circa 1972 - the brutal truth.