A boy's angle on boys' fashion
''Decisions, Decisions''... a wise man once said "where there is choice—there is misery" (fans of The Monkees' film 'Head' (1968) will probably recognise that, yes, I am referencing that particular wise man). But either way, there are clearly too many pairs of fantastic shoes to choose from here! However, after much deliberation, young Dennis finally settled on the pair that he is wearing, as he felt that they suited his new outfit better than the rest, he rated them as the greatest! They're called Climax, and have a driving heel. Price £4 19s. 6d. from Ravel in Carnaby Street. Dennis's shirt in black and white check comes from Cue, the Austin Reed boutique in Regent St. It features a Button-down super high collar in the American style. Price 59s. 6d. The belt is white leather with a metal buckle from Lord John in Carnaby Street. Price 19s. 6d. The trousers are black, slightly shiny hipster-style (front pockets but no back ones) and slightly flared too, with extra wide belt loops, from The Trouser Shop at Adam W.1. in Kingly Street. Price £3 19 6d.
Left to Right: A. ''Pacemaker'' by Ravel, £4 19s. 6d.; B. Merrywell. 59s. 11d.; C. Merrywell. 59s. 11d.; D. Dolcis 69s. 11d.; E. From Saxone and Lilley and Skinner. 79s. 11d.; G. From Ravel. £4 19s. 6d.; H. From Lennards. 59s. 11d.; I. Called ''Vivian''. From Ravel. £6 19s. 6d.; J. From Merrywell. 59s. 11d.; K. From Saxone and Lilley & Skinner. 59s. 11d.; L. Called ''Brummel''. From Ravel. £5 19s. 6d.; M. From Saxone and Lilley & Skinner. 59s. 11d.
IMAGE CREDIT & LINKSAll images scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine, April 1966. View some more fantastic examples of shoes for guys from this period on Whatever Happened to Stephen Topper & Topper Shoes Carnaby Street?, which also includes a couple of style features from Rave Magazine regular 'Just Dennis' and his successor 'Johnny Rave'. You'll find Michael Rainey, Christopher Gibbs, David Mlinaric, Rupert Lycett-Greene and more, in Return of the Dandy (1966). More Dandy Fashion in Les Assassins du Bodygraph (1967). The Biba Men's Range (1969-1975). And finally, That hip 1960s Pearly King look Pete Townshend wore so well...