Well, you have potentially opened up a can of worms here as the time/place continuum means that there will be lots of different views on this depending on where people are from. I'm going to re-post some earlier submissions. The first I wrote about 14 years ago about how we used the terminology at the time. The second shows the development of skinhead through to boot boy. However, this is only my interpretation of it. What I regard as Suedehead others see as late skinhead, others still would describe it as Smoothie. I see the time-line as Skinhead-Suedehead-Smoothie-Bootboy, though personally I was never a Smoothie, but grew my hair from suedehead straight to bootboy (it was more of a football terrace thing...)
Thank you! As noted I've been into it since 86. In the late 80s I worked at a local pub - I'm a Yank and lived in California. A lot of the local Brits were originals. I knew a mod from 63, a couple of suedeheads, early 70s bootboys, and soulies. I learned a lot and recently I've been really into finding more information about the fashion and everything from the 60s to early 70s. I've learned how the fashion got harder during the mid 60s within mods with the ivy league cut and then others having shorter hair. While the older kids kept the ivy league look evolved into "suedehead" and the younger kids became skinheads in 69 after the free hippie gigs. We now have two different age brackets and the older kids coming into their late teens and having responsibilities and social expectations like being married in their early 20s. It seems to me that age, expectations, and responsibilities drove the fashion also. Skinheads being barred from pubs etc. while suedes not looking as menacing and mature. Smoothies being the last incarnation of the older kids again with still looking sharp but going on the new fashion trend of long hair and glam. The younger kids following suit through suedehead and then bootboys being more of the younger hooligans of smoothies.