Urgh, is anyone?
I note in the first couple of @Monitor's photos Paul and Joe are both wearing not only engineer boots, but in the American style (under, not over, trews - which must therefore have been slightly looser at this point; back in my punk drainpipe days, I could only wear engineers up over my jeans, they were too tight for anything else!). As memory serves, the boys bought their first engineer boots when they first toured in the US. They were thereafter fashionable for a bit on the London punk scene, where they were known as 'Clash Boots' - I think Dan also mentioned this in another thread where they cropped up.
Chumba had their moments.
Fascinating about the Clash Boots. I had no idea engineers had a recent youth culture revival. My interest stemmed from old James Dean pics, though they are certainly in keeping with the vibe of the band. Very cool! By the time I discover the punk scene, the only acceptable footwear was tall DM boots and narrow jeans or maybe stapress drainpipes.
I wonder what brand of boots they had?
comment on boots UNDER trousers reminds me of the early goth scene. The London style at the time was all androgyny, super slim trousers or jeans, teased hair, Bowie-esque make-up and wrinkle picker boots. Meanwhile, up in Leeds, the Sisters of Mercy were deep into the Stooges and Motörhead, wearing lots of leather, sunglasses, sideburns and biker hair, big harness boots over jeans and beaten-up wide brim hats.