Platform soles, which had been introduced for women’s wear in the sixties, were accepted into men’s fashion by 1972. By 1975, this trend had continued to add wedges to the male wardrobe. This fashion, however, was short lived. By 1978, platform and wedge soles had all but disappeared for men’s wear.
The conservative set continued to wear oxford and loafer styles with business suits and for formal occasions.
English mod styles and the American West influence footwear. Daring young men wore low boots with business and leisure suits. These boots had high blocked heels and exaggerated square toes. The conservatives followed suit, but with only slightly raised heels and squared off toes. Bright colours such as red and navy became popular, usually with exotic leathers or patent leather, or combinations of materials.
By 1975, toes had again become pointed, and the year 1978 brought winkle-pickers back onto the scene.
Fashion was becoming more and more segmented with different groups adopting different trends. Punk, a style popular in the late seventies, was a fashion intended to offend. Functionless zippers appeared on both clothing and shoes. The Doc Marten boot began its relentless rise as the symbol of urban rebellion. Those worn by skinheads sported steel toecaps, and punks painted them bright colours.