An important period in the development of fashion, particularly for training shoes or 'trainees', Liverpool author Dave Hewitson has documented the period, revealing previously undocumented information about the sub-culture of demand for the coveted footwear among Liverpool FC fans.
Well it was something that happened that had a major influence on the high street. At the time of writing I was doing a lot of running.
It was a brilliant time clothes-wise. The period needed to be documented properly. The period I cover in the book all started in Liverpool and being there and living through it, I thought someone needed to put it down before we all get too old. Yes, it was part of the culture, as was going to the match. You had mods and teddy boys and skinheads who all had their types of music that they looked to. They were massive in Liverpool. In , they sold 7, pairs of Palermo and Corsica trainers.
Two million unemployed in There were pre-season friendlies in Switzerland and Germany and Holland and lads would come back with training shoes and everyone would be like: I have a mate who collects them. If we had an exhibition, he has all the gear. It would be great for people to come along and have a look. It takes you back. Liverpool had about 3 sports shops. The culture had a big influence on them. Trainees became leisure wear.
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If you played tennis, you bought tennis shoes. As soon as Wade Smith brought in the shoes, they sold about , pairs and were expecting to sell 20, We went down to Switzerland and walked over the border to Germany just to buy a pair of Grand Slam with the pegs in! The kids on the streets all wear tracksuits and training shoes. Why did it start and how did it start? The impact the whole thing had on the high street was amazing and to think that it started in Liverpool.
You could only wear them for a few weeks before it moved on to something else. Lois jeans, Jesus jeans, Ritzy jeans had a little red stitch on. Add to Watch list Watching. Watch list is full. Redeem your points Conditions for uk nectar points - opens in a new window or tab.
The Little Red Book of Liverpool FC by Darren Phillips (Paperback, 2010)
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