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A Janet Jackson backup dancer

Coming on like a spaceman’s boot from a particularly frugal 80s sci-fi drama, these are actually modelled on obscure 70s US military shoes. Not sure I would have been entirely happy going nose-to-nose with the Viet Cong kitted out like a Janet Jackson backup dancer. But still… Fast-forward to the present day, this simple Velcroed canvas style could work rather well treading the mean streets of Peckham Rye.

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Constructed by hand in Japan, these kicks from US brand The Hill-Side are actually on sale. I guess the stripped back, velcro flap business hasn’t captured the imagination of the brand’s regular clientele. No bother, at $138 (down from $198) I think they’re a decent swag. They’ve got all key sizes too, so make your move.

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They bring to mind North Sea Clothing’s sneaker range. Simple canvas staples, heavy-handed with the rubberisation. Although North Sea’s kicks are more about the life aquatic. While as I think we’ve established, The Hill-Side’s are focused on urban warfare with an R&B flavour.

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