camden fashion >> footwear
Originally designed in 1921(!), The
Converse All-Star is the most successful shoe in history
and nowhere more so than in Camden. Over
750 million pairs have been sold worldwide. They have always
been influential in pop-culture; Converse All-Stars have
been popular for decades in the punk and indie rock scenes,
and Hollywood has popularized Converse in countless motion
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This shop first came to prominence in the
1960’s. Trading as Holts – it gained cult status
as the first shop anywhere to sell Doc Martins boots and shoes.
And soon became a favoured haunt of many top bands including
the punk bands of the Seventies, bands like Madness to many
of today’s leading stars. In the last forty years, competitors
have come and gone while this unassuming shop, tucked behind
Camden Tube Station, lives on. Their stock is huge and includes
the full Airwair range, as well as other leading British brands
like Grinders, NPS and Tredair. Well worth a visit. British
Boot Company: 5 Kentish Town Road, Camden, London, NW5 8NH.
Tel: 020 7485 8505.
Darkside is the only retail stockist
of Underground shoes and that makes it worth a visit in itself.
The Underground brand has been a favourite with bands through
the pop-punk-rock eras and will probably never go out of fashion.
Everything from huge motorcycle-style cyberboots with lots
of buckles and straps, to a vast collection of winkle pickers
and brothel creepers. There are dozens of shoe shops in Camden
- but this one towers above most of the rest. Darkside,
245 Camden High Street, NW1. Tel: 020 7284 2174.Opening times:
Monday - Friday 10.00-6.30. Saturday/Sunday 9.30-7.00.
Transmuters are designed by Terry De
Havilland, shoe maker to the stars, including celebrities like
Marilyn Manson, Gene Simmons of KISS, Halle Berry and Angelina
Jolie. Transmuters insist their footwear is alive. They keep
the screw-on accessories refrigerated in the shop (like donor
organs), sell cat food in case they need feeding and customers
take their purchases away in Tramsmuters cardboard pet boxes
complete with air holes and the warning: “Do not feed
after midnight". Transmuters, Stables Market, Camden.