Today marks Elvis Presley’s 81st birthday and the public’s invited to share in the celebration with a string of events from a tour of his Graceland home to a concert by the Memphis Symphony.
The King of Rock ‘n Roll is remembered for his fashion as well as musical style, ranging from iconic ’50s looks to the more glitzy styles of the ’70s. Bu,t if there’s one fashion item Elvis is best linked to — it’s a pair of blue suede shoes made famous in the hit ’56 song by the same name.
While the shoes were first envisioned by Carl Perkins in his hit song, Blue Suede Shoes, they were later made into an actual pair for Elvis — a cap-toe lace-up style. While Elvis wore them for several years, he eventually gifted them to his best man and roadie Joe Esposito, upon the entertaines return home from the military in 1960.
At one time, the shoes were on display at the former Elvis-A-Rama museum in Las Vegas, then later bought at a London auction in 2013 for what was then nearly $70,000. Reports have it that the King’s feet were not quite as big as his on stage presence, wearing a size 10.
Nonethless, it will be nearly impossible for anyone to ever fill Elvis’ shoes — blue suede or otherwise.