Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter) will be pleased to note these were fake .An ideal item to be worn with a mini-skirt, according to the blokes! Of course, not everyone could afford genuine snakeskin, so the Snakeskin boots in the High Street were normally a plastic patterned imitation of the real thing.
The boots would range from small type ankle boots, to mid leg boots, right up to snakeskin boots that went pass the knee and up the thigh. Phew! The girls really knew how to turn heads when they were wearing these beauties.
However, the boys had their versions too. We had snakeskin boots, but for us they were more like the western style gunslinger types. Never the less they looked great, and if I remember correctly, they also had a steel cap at the end. It was for show only, as it did nothing to protect my foot in anyway at all.
The ladies wore fantastic coloured boots here. From pink, green, white and everything in-between. I remember watching the sixties legend Twiggy in the 1970s wearing blue snakeskin boots on TV. If a girl had long legs, these snakes made them even more beautiful.
Pans People, those dancers on Top Of the Pops that my dad and I watched so avidly, would often be seen dancing in plastic snakeskin boots. One memorable performance was to Gilbert O’Sullivan‘s “Get Down” a rather dull song that must have got the pulses racing of at least half the watching audience!
In fact from the Liver Birds to That’s Life, snakeskin boots were an integral part of the 1970s fashion.