David Bowie’s Craziest Onstage Shoes Included Thigh-High Boots & Kitten Heels

David Bowie’s androgynous onstage style is almost as memorable as his music.

In honor of what would have been his 72nd birthday, we’re taking a look back at some of his wildest onstage show looks.

From high heels to thigh-high boots, one thing’s for sure: Bowie was never afraid to take a risk.

Stepping out for a 1970 concert, the “Under Pressure” singer wore a silky button-down shirt with sparkly tights. He completed his look with scrunched-up leather boots that wouldn’t look out of place on the runway today.

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David Bowie and the Hype performing in London in 1970.
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Performing as Ziggy Stardust during a 1972 London performance, the star took to the stage in a long-sleeved embroidered white minidress and matching thigh-highs. The slouchy boots featured an exaggerated pointed toe and laced up at the back.

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David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in London in 1972.
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During the ’70s, crazy laceups were also a staple of the “Space Oddity” entertainer’s wardrobe. At a 1972 appearance in London, Bowie wore form-fitting silky pants with a floral shirt, left unbuttoned to reveal his bare chest. He completed the androgynous look with flat white lace-up boots.

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David Bowie in concert in London in 1972.
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But Bowie’s out-there looks weren’t limited to his heyday in the ’70s.

On his 1987 “Glass Spider” tour, Bowie brought down the house in a head-to-toe red ensemble. The actor stepped out in a suit and Chelsea boots, which featured silver detailing at the heel and toe.

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Bowie during the “Glass Spider” tour in 1987.
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The music legend selected red shoes once again for a 1991 London performance. He paired a black and gold quilted jacket with bright blue jeans and shiny red platforms.

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David Bowie at Brixton Academy in London in 1991.
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For a 1996 appearance at the Brit Awards in London, he gave a boring suit an upgrade with his footwear, selecting a pair of leather kitten heels that were perfect for bouncing around the stage.

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David Bowie performs at the 1996 Brit Awards.
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Click through the gallery for more of David Bowie’s celebrity shoe style.

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