The influence the music industry has on fashion is not a ground-breaking revelation. From the moment Queen Bey was spotted wearing “Manolo Blahnik Timbs” while her husband stood beside her and rapped about it in “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” we were all running out to grab a pair.
And you can’t possibly think of Run DMC without remembering their trademark Adidas Superstar sneakers, worn without laces and with the shoe tongue pulled forward. After the rap group, originally from Hollis, , N.Y., in Queens, chose to make the shoe their go-to back in 1983, Adidas saw a major increase in sales, thanks to the groups popularity. In 2005, to celebrate its 35th anniversary, the brand collaborated with the group on the release of a Run DMC-branded Superstar.
And who could forget Nancy Sinatra singing “These Boots Are Made for Walking”? For those of you asking if Nancy is related to Frank, you may be more familiar with Jessica Simpson’s 2005 rendition of the song for the film “The Dukes of Hazard.” Simpson’s label with Vince Camuto is now a multimillion-dollar brand and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
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To celebrate the huge influence music has on footwear in popular culture, we have rounded up our top 10 songs featuring shoes (in no particular order — that part was too hard).
We challenge you to spot a pair of blue suede shoes and not break into song while doing a pelvic thrust.
1. Run DMC, “My Adidas”
2. Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”
3. Elvis Presley, “Blue Suede Shoes”
4. Paul Simon, “Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes”
5a. Nancy Sinatra, “These Boots Are Made for Walking”
5b. Jessica Simpson, “These Boots Are Made for Walking”
6. The Beatles, “Old Brown Shoe”
7. Nelly, “Air Force One”
8. K.C. and The Sunshine Band, “Boogie Shoes”
9. Arctic Monkeys, “Dancing Shoes”
10. Shania Twain, “Shoes”