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Sky-high boots and platform shoes worn by David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, AC/DC, Keith Moon & more
03.10.2016
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Sky-high boots and platform shoes worn by David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, AC/DC, Keith Moon & more

Marvin Gaye's signature silver platform boots, 1970s
Marvin Gaye’s signature silver platform boots made by Gaye’s wife, Janis, 1970s
 
As I’m sure many of the more academic readers of DM are aware, the history of guys strutting around in big heels goes all the way back to the Baroque period when it was considered to the calling card of a truly “masculine” kind of man. Oh yes. Wearing heels made you taller and being taller made one appear more menacing. And for men in positions of power or prestige, being intimidating was helpful with ensuring that you maintained your position in society. Aristocrats and elites like Charles II of England were often depicted in paintings wearing high-heeled footwear. 
 
An early version of AC/DC with vocalist Dave Evans looking very glam (far left) with Angus and Malcom Young
An early version of AC/DC with vocalist Dave Evans looking very glam (far left) with Angus (the only one not wearing heels) and Malcolm Young.
 
David Bowie, 1970s
David Bowie, 1970s
 
Johnny Thunders and David Johansen of the New York Dolls, 1973
Johnny Thunders and David Johansen of the New York Dolls, 1973
 
However, if you’re like me, the first era you probably think of when it comes to men in high heels is the 1970s. From glam rock to disco pretty much everybody (including women naturally) were wearing sky-high platforms. My earliest recollections are of KISS stomping around in their signature platform boots, but if you happened across a JC Penney or Sears catalog during that decade it’s a sure bet that there were at least a few high-heeled offerings in the men’s section that made your young mind go hmmm.
 
Vintage ad for men's knee-high lace up boots, 1970s
Vintage ad for Nunn Bush “Brass Boot.” The high-heeled, knee-high lace up boots, 1970s
 
New York City, 1977
Unknown rocker, New York City, 1977
 
Men's platform boots, 1970s
Men’s platform boots, 1970s
 
I’ve included loads of images of far-out shoes worn by David Bowie, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Keith Moon, the New York Dolls and other glamorous men, as well as shoes and a few advertisements for men’s footwear from that era that will make you dizzy. For the record (adventurous men take note), I’d love to see this trend come back so please get on that right away.
 
The Sweet
The Sweet
 
An ad for men's platform shoes by Padrino ,1970s
An ad for men’s platform shoes by Padrino, 1970s
 
Platform boots and disco dudes, 1970s
Platform boots and disco dudes, 1970s
 
The red platform boots worn by David Bowie during the Aladdin Sane tour, 1972 - 1973
The red platform boots worn by David Bowie during the “Aladdin Sane” tour, 1972 - 1973
 
Ferradini platform shoes worn by Elton John, mid-70s
Ferradini (Italy) platform shoes worn by Elton John, mid-70s
 
George Clinton, 1978
George Clinton, 1978
 
Freddie Burretti turquoise boots worn by David Bowie
Freddie Burretti turquoise boots worn by David Bowie
 
Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
 
Keith Moon
Keith Moon
 
Platform boots by Master John (Toronto, Canada) 1973
Platform boots by Master John (Toronto, Canada) 1973
 
Slade, 1970s
Slade
 
An ad for Flagg Bros., a men's fashion company based in California, 1976
An ad for “Flagg Bros.”, a men’s fashion company based in California, 1976
 
Platform boots worn by Elton John
Platform boots worn by Elton John
 
Abba
Abba (Benny Andersson in platforms in the center)
 
Gene Simmons, 1970s
Gene Simmons, his sick platform boots, and KISS’s young minions

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