Kinky Boots


An advertising hoarding for a coming new shop on Glasgow’s bustling Buchanan Street, featuring a pair of knee-length black leather boots, was all it took to transport me back to my youth and the late 1960s, as it immediately brought back vivid memories of the then oft-repeated late night cult action spy series The Avengers – one of my favourite adult shows as a kid.


It began life as a tough, no nonsense spy-thriller vehicle for the multi-talented Ian Hendry, with his sidekick being the non-dapper and bowler hat-less Patrick Macnee – but it soon came to incarnate the ‘Swinging Sixties’ when Hendry left after the first season, the show having a very surreal makeover and retooling, as suave and sophisticated John Steed (Macnee) went all Savile Row on us and memorably partnered in turn with Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson, until its demise in 1969 (a victim of poor US ratings).


Dapper Steed’s first foxy sidekick, Cathy Gale (Blackman), caused particular excitement with her ‘kinky’ black leather costumes, especially the then-fashionable titular footwear, that lead to the two TV stars in 1964 going on to record a novelty single for Decca, ‘Kinky Boots’, that was not initially a hit, but a 1990 re-release peaked at No.5 on the British singles chart in December of that year.


Leica M6 Classic & 2/50mm Summicron v5

Ilford FP4+ (200)

R09 (1+25 – 13min)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan