On this edition of Match The Watch With The Shoe (MTWWTS) we look at Kickers. They were – and still remain – one of the most iconic fashion boots ever to hit the streets. They were developed by company owner Daniel Raufast and designer friend Jacques Chevallerau after seeing a poster for the musical Hair, in which trendy young people were wearing jeans and bare feet. His idea was to create a quality leather boot specifically designed for jeans. The relaxed style “Jean’s boot” was born. Since then, this comfortable and exceptionally durable shoe has been in a league of its own, and nowhere more so than in Great Britain.
Here new deliveries of Kickers caused long overnight queues outside shoe stores in the 80’s and 90’s, and the brand was adopted by some of the leading rock bands of the day including Roger Daltrey of The Who, The Arctic Monkeys, The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who famously invaded the stage at the Brit Awards in 1996 while Michael Jackson was performing.
In the sensational new movie ‘The Walk’ from Robert Zemeckis, which portrays the true story of how Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers on August 7 1974, in one sequence, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who portrays Petit, is seen wearing a pair of brown suede Hi Kick Kickers, as he steps on the edge of the Twin Tower. In fact this shot is anachronistic because Petit did his walk in 1974, and the Hi Kick was not introduced by Kickers until 1975. Incidentally, the recreation of the Twin Towers in this movie is simply stunning.
The leather florette attached to the boot is a sign of its authenticity, and is also a collectible.
The beauty of Kickers boots is that they come is as many, if not more colors than watch dials, so there are infinite opportunities to match them. Here we have chosen some classic models from much loved and admired Swiss brands.
Rolex Gents Stainless Steel Oysterdate Precision with Custom Red Dial 6694
This pre-owned Rolex watch has been fully refurbished to a high standard by a Rolex trained horologist and comes with a custom made red dial, made in the 70’s it’s from the same vintage as Kickers themselves.
TAG Heuer Monaco Vintage Chronograph Reissue
The Monaco Vintage Chronograph Reissue looks every bit as suave & sophisticated as it did when it came out back in 1973. This grey-faced version features the original Tag-free Heuer logo and will be released in very limited numbers.
Girard Perregaux 1966 in Blue
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 model combines understatement, delicacy and precision. Its slightly-domed dial is now presented in a deep blue tone, the traditional color of the model. The dial features a sunburst effect; it displays the date in a window at 3 o’clock and gilded baton hour markers. Its leaf-shaped hour and minute hands are also gilded, as is its straight large seconds hand.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition ‘Laureus Sport For Good Foundation’
While the watch is identical to the standard Ingenieur Automatic with a 40 mm steel case fitted with a soft iron cage inside to protect the Sellita automatic movement from magnetism. The difference is, this watch is a special edition, released each year, and created especially for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the case back features an engraving of the child’s drawing that won a worldwide competition organised by the Laureus foundation.
OMEGA Railmaster with red dial
This watch was Omega’s answer to the Rolex Milgauss and IWC’s Ingenieur models. It was first released in 1957. The Railmaster was primarily pitched at engineers and other professionals who worked in close proximity to machinery emitting high magnetic fields and, as such, these watches contained an iron cover over the movement to protect against magnetic interference. This customized version in a bright red dial would give an extra kick matched with a pair of red Kickers.