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TOPPERS SHOES LONDON

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Natty Pinstripe, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. Natty Pinstripe

    Natty Pinstripe Well-Known Member

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    I am starting this thread in the hope of learning as much as I can about Toppers Shoes of London. It's my understanding that Steven (Stephen ?) Topper had his first shop on Shaftsbury Avenue, then later shops on Carnaby Street and the Kings Road. I was a customer at one of the shops on Carnaby Street, but can't remember visiting a Toppers anywhere else. Any information would be very much appreciated.
     
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  2. NMac

    NMac New Member

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    As you can see from the attached card Carnaby Street came later. I used to buy my shoes at t[​IMG]

    he Qeensway branch in 1964.
     
  3. Natty Pinstripe

    Natty Pinstripe Well-Known Member

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    Wow - what a cool card ?
    Any idea when the Queensway shop closed ?
    I knew there was a shop in the Kings Road, but not Queeensway or Coventry Street
    Was it on the same side as Whiteleys or further up ?
    I never really started going Up West from East London until the early 1970's
    Never got to know Queensway until much later about 1976.

    Any idea what happened Stephen Topper, I had a pal ask Lloyd Johnson but he didn't know ?
     
  4. Natty Pinstripe

    Natty Pinstripe Well-Known Member

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    So I'm wondering if the Carnaby Street shop replaced either Coventry Street or Queensway ? Eventually there would be two Carnaby Street shops, there's a photo of Highway 61- Blonsde on Blonde era Bob Dylan in one of them !
     
  5. NMac

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    It was on the opposite side to Whiteleys and nearer the Bayswater road end. I do not know when it closed or what happened to Steve Topper, who I remember reading was the son who came up with all the new designs. I have looked on the internet from time to time and come up with nothing.
     
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  6. Natty Pinstripe

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    Cheers Nmac if I find anything out I will post it here and let you know.
     
  7. Jimmy Balantyne

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    Used to get them cheap off a stall, think it was 'Mick's', on Church St market off Edgwere Rd. Think they were seconds but it matter not to a fourteen year old.
     
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  8. Natty Pinstripe

    Natty Pinstripe Well-Known Member

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    What years would that have been Jimmy ?
     
  9. motojobobo

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    Hmmm...can't add any info on Topper in the UK but I know that that same brand was huge in Argentina during the 70s, 80s, 90s. Mostly made sneakers, or possibly, exclusively sneakers. They were used for all sorts of sports activities: tennis, indoor soccer, basketball, etc. An era where sneakers weren't so specialized, as nowadays. I bet Topper in Argentina was a sidekick of Topper in the UK, where UK capital played a strong role.

    This is their current website:

    http://www.topper.com.ar/hombre/calzado.html

    They are still going strong over there. Anyway, not sure whether this aside would be of interest to the thread.
     
  10. Jimmy Balantyne

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    As long as we're on about the same Shoes, crepe soul with leather uppers that often came in garish colours and whatnot? Big round toe on them? It'd have been around 73?
     
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    Natty I am really pleased you started this thread as I have also always wanted to know more about this subject.

    Mod to Suedehead debated Toppers off and on and I'll try to find the links.

    I might also be able to track down a picture of my 1971 pair, which I bought in the Carnaby Street shop next to Ravels.
     
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  12. Natty Pinstripe

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    Well you've described the basic style, a bubble toe lace up with a side almost semi circular suede insert and a crepe soled wedge. But as far as colour goes I am thinking that they only came in two colors. An all Ox-Blood with a suede side insert (also ox-blood, burt a shade or two lighter when new) and a black lace up which I never owned which came with a light grey suede insert. I am of the opinion that all other similar styled shoes were "snides".
     
  13. Natty Pinstripe

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    Mr Knightley I started it after scrolling through the Mod to Suedehead thread - hoping that more might be learned. I'm still hoping...
     
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    Yes I have and word is that Sweet Jane may have made contact with the legendary Mr Topper, watch that spot !
     
  16. Jimmy Balantyne

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    Seem to recall having a pair in blue, leather and suede. Maybe they were jekyll I don't know. Lots of kids wore them and to be honest, they weren't all that either way.
     
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    When I first joined SF my user name was @Brideshead

    For those who may not have located it one discussion on Mod to Suedehead about Toppers was here:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/89027/mod-to-suedehead/7725#post_5446715

    The picture in the article I mentioned is taken from this one. The shoes were pretty understated. Derby style lace-up in a dark brown grain and with the usual very round toes:


    [​IMG]
     
  18. Natty Pinstripe

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    Jimmy you write "they weren't all that" - I don't understand ? You didn't like them ??
     
  19. Jimmy Balantyne

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    Glad you ask Natty as I regret the way I phrased that. I wasn't overly enamoured by/with them but that's just a personal opinion and not, as I framed it, a statement of fact.
     
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  20. Natty Pinstripe

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    Chhers Jimmy, I must I really thought the world of mine, at least for a while and even bought a second pair when the bubble toe got dented and remained creased after i pushed it back out. I detested the snides and thought I was the business when someone would ask me where I got them and I would reply "up the West End". I'd love to see a pair "in the flesh" now, but am ways too old to pull them off again. last year I cased a pair of weave top Solatio's, but they require a younger gun than me.
     

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