At the footwear forefront for forty years, Kickers
have long championed a non-conformist attitude celebrated by generations past and present.
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First conceived in 1968, the Kickers boot was created for youth on the move. Fronting the movement, young radical Daniel Raufast was inspired to create footwear that allowed the wearer to be free when he saw a poster for the musical Hair. Intrigued by the image, a scene packed full of kids wearing jeans, he developed a new shoe concept more compatible with the blue jean generation. Teaming up with designer Jacques Chevallereau they created the first jean boot. The boot was a very different type of shoe, most noticeably in its use of nubuck (softer than leather and available in numerous colours), its shape and its tough crepe soles made with natural rubber whilst its eyelets, contrast stitching, panels and appliqués were all obvious references to the denim that clad youngsters here, there and everywhere. In just one whirlwind season, Kickers’ production soared from 300 to 12,000 pairs per month.
Fast forward four decades and Kickers’ signature aesthetic has retained its bodacious brightness, popular with style icons from Elton John to Ian Brown, Mike Skinner to Jarvis Cocker and insider trendsetters Simon Foxton, Ray Petri and i-D Fashion Editor, Elgar Johnson, who commented, “Kickers represent a huge part of exciting nostalgia for me, they have been one of the most important components to most of my favorite trends and I’m chuffed that they are still as relevant as ever.
Long live the Kicker!”
Famously collaborating with rising talents since 2007, Kickers embraces each generation’s ability to reinterpret what is iconic within each genre and moment.
The original Legend boot is back, and will be available exclusively on Coggles.com