Secret world of mens shoes

Whether it is a humble, durable brogue or something exquisite and handmade from Italy, a person’s choice of shoe says a lot about the wearer.

But what of those who take advantage of a hollowed out heel to stash away something secret?

Yes, smugglers, spies and villains will try anything to disguise their true character and intentions – including the cunning customisation of plain mens shoes.

Jewels

Diamonds

Diamonds in the heels of their shoes

One of the oldest tricks in the book, in 1951 three people were caught red handed trying to smuggle $1,500,000 worth of diamonds into New York from Europe. The diamonds were hidden in the heels of their shoes.

Nasty Surprises

knife in shoes

Severely pointed shoes

Dustin Hoffman falls into all kinds of trouble when he’s unwittingly embroiled in the middle of an international conspiracy in the 1976 movie, Marathon Man. Not only is his evil nemesis a whizz at bad dentistry, but he also has a few crafty tricks up his sleeve including a mechanism that causes daggers to flick from his shoes when he’s angry.

Songbirds

bird smuggling

Feathered socks and dirty shoes reveals all

In 2009, a Vietnamese man was passing through United States customs when officers noticed an unusual amount of bird’s mess on his shoes. When they lifted up his trousers, they discovered no less than 14 song birds tied to his socks. Word has it that when the man was taken for questioning – he ‘sang like a canary’!

Radio transmitters

transmitter shoe

Spy shoes

The stuff of cold war legend, heel mounted transmitters were part of a constant struggle for intelligence superiority that sometimes bordered on the farcical. These days, radio transmitters hidden in shoes have found a new use in helping keep track of the ‘wandering elderly’.

Compass

compass

Shoes that point north

Anyone who grew up in the 1970s will surely remember the Clark’s Pathfinder; the shoe that defined a generation. Not only did its specially moulded sole produce fine animal prints to keep pursuers guessing, but secreted in the heel of the shoe was a compass; just what every boy adventurer needed.

Fortune favours Chelsea boots

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots


Donald Trump, Richard Branson and Bill Gates are three of the wealthiest men in the world. So we’re guessing that they all have a pair of Chelsea boots, hidden somewhere in one of their many wardrobes. Why? Well, Chelsea boots are synonymous with hitting the jackpot and making a fortune.

Queen Victoria

The affluent surroundings of the British monarchy are where the money trail begins, when in 1837, J Sparkes-Hall (Queen Victoria’s bootmaker) invented the Chelsea boot.

If you’re not familiar with Queen Victoria, she’s the one who used to own more land than Mother Nature, and reputably liked to take a daily walk in a pair of Chelsea boots.

Prospectors

“We’re sitting on a goldmine!” was a sentence heard many times when the original Australian prospectors were searching for the heavy stuff.

More than a handful struck rich whilst wearing the fortune-enhancing Chelsea boot. So it should be no surprise, the design has been adopted by workmen ‘down-under’ ever since.

The Beatles

The Beatles went from jamming in a garage to selling out stadiums around the globe in no time.

And under every mega successful, globally iconic, super wealthy pop star is naturally a pair of Chelsea boots.

Chelsea Footballers

Nestled in the affluent West End of London, and owned by a chairman with a reputed personal fortune of £8.4billion – Chelsea Football Club is filthy rich.

With players being paid up to six figure salaries, per week, we’re sure they are happy to wear boots for Chelsea.

David Beckham

Everything this modern King Midas touches (or kicks) turns to gold. So there’s really no surprise that he’s nicknamed Goldenballs.

He’s also a big fan of Chelsea boots. Obviously.

Stormtroopers

If like Darth Vader, you ruled the galaxy and owned a yacht bigger than a planet, you could pretty much claim the colour black for yourself too.

Meaning your personal army of Stormtroopers are forced to wear the finest footwear sprayed a nice shade of white.

Seems Chelsea boots are making a mint throughout the universe. They’re worth a flutter, so get involved.

Dogs in mens suits

Dogs work hard for the title of “man’s best friend”, perhaps too hard sometimes.

Men often dress to impress and their dogs like to do the same. From fancy dress costumes to bridal attire, our pampered pooches have a wardrobe available to suit every occasion.

Here’s a collection of dapper dogs in mens suits, who are re-defining the term ‘working dog’:

puppy tie

Office dogs-body
Photo: Tine Steiss

cute-pug-with-tie

Boss dog
Photo: Bestbullysticks

dog bow tie

Party Animal
Photo: La Luz

dog tie reading

Academic dog
Photo: Know Your Meme

city slicker dog

City slicker
Photo: Yolanda

dog in mens suit

White collar dog
Photo: Cute Puppy Dogs

dog-tuxedo

Entertainer
Photo: Wedding by Color