Having chatted about the clothing differences which were highlighted in the early days of Casual fashion and then brought to the screen by Awaydays and The Firm, I could not leave this discussion without touching on the differences in footwear, if only within the two movies.
Awaydays concentrated on three major trainer types, the Bamba, the original Forest Hills, (which went on to become a Casual legend, if only in as much as the Wade Smith 200 pairs story) and of course Stan Smiths.
While in The Firm the trainers of choice are Adidas Munchen, Diadora Borg Elite gold and blue and Gazelles.
The desire for this, and importance of this footwear is highlighted in two beautiful moments in the films, when Dom is picked out by Bex for disguising his ‘new’ Munchen shoes, so to fit in with the other ‘proper’ Casuals and when Carty finally lifts a pair of Hills out of their box and holds them up in front of his face turning them around and around with a massive smile in his chiselled face.
And of course the anguish on both the main protagonists faces when they are told by Bex and Elvis in the films respectively that they don’t have the right footwear, ‘Wrong Trainees like’, states Elvis in his Ellesmere Port drawl, much to the dismay of Carty.
Footwear can never be underestimated and the reruns of Diadora Heritage series, now also in, along with classic footwear such as Smiths, now available in white with green and also white and navy.
Another highly sought after trainer is the Beckenbauer, with its iconic navy and red stripes, although this is around in other colours, that simplistic white trainer with the navy and red three stripes holds a special place.
Out now are the Gazelle II, along with the black leather Samba, along with the Samba True blue, which always reminds of the Dublin in colour, these are and were always a well sported trainer.
I always loved the New Balance range, more of a specialist look, which has been roundly taken up by shops such as Stuarts, thankfully, these excellent trainers provided something a little different form the rest, not to mention English manufacture in a lot of cases. A rarity for trainers in the hey-day of casual, and now sadly. Things like the classic 570 range bring joy to my heart.
This hunt for such iconic footwear has and continues to see the market flooded with seekers, but only a few have been the finders.
A cultural scramble for the boots that matter, will only be heightened with the turning of the season and the news that a limited supply of this or that trainer are on there way.
Let the fever begin again in 2010.