In the 14th century, long-toed shoes called poulaines were de rigueur for fashionable young noblemen. The longer the toe, the greater the status symbol.

Eventually the toes of young men’s shoes became so long they impeded walking, and they were outlawed.

In the centuries that followed, footwear tended to be round-toed – a fashion that lasted until the 1950s when sharper styles found favour with the Teddy Boys.

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The shoes became notorious once more as a symbol of the street brawls that erupted between rival gangs of mods and rockers.

By the 80s the winklepicker’s countercultural cache was secure – further reinforced when adopted by new wavers and new romantics.

The winklepicker endures, the original shoe for non-conformists.