THE HAWKINS ASTRONAUT BOOT
Why are they called Hawkins Astronaut boots?
In 1961, seven American astronauts (who collectively became known as the Mercury Seven, the Original Seven or Astronaut Group 1) were pictured wearing a trendy style of boots before their trip into space. The boots were manufactured by Northamptonshire factory 'Hawkins Inc', which was founded in 1850 by George Thomas Hawkins. Combining the famous factory name with the historic group gave way to the Hawkins Astronaut title. The boot style maintained its popularity throughout the '60s and became part of the iconic uniform for sub-cultural groups like the Mods and Skinheads.
In 1995, the historic GT Hawkins factory closed its doors after 120 years of trading leaving many brands developing adaptations of the classic look. Solovair's Goodyear welted Astronaut boot pays homage to the original Hawkins style. Availability includes a 6'eye and 11'eye model in a choice of leather finishes including Black or Oxblood Hi-Shine, Black or Brown Greasy and Burgundy Rub-Off.
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