Oh Bondage Up Yours

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Bondage Boot Evolution

This is to introduce the latest addition to the Bondage boot range, the Elevated Bondage Boot.
Altogether there have been 6 versions in it’s evolution starting with the ‘Seditionaries Boot’ first produced in 1976 & sold in the shop ‘Seditionaries’ (the previous incarnation of World’s End). At this time there were two styles to choose from. A pointed toed full leather version with studs at the front & the canvas & leather mix version which is the one which has evolved over the years to the present day.
My mother has told me that she designed the boot whilst the shop was closed for it’s refurbishment from ‘Sex’ into ‘Seditionaries’ in 1977 & that she had thought it was so good that she had gone to see Grace Coddington the photo editor of British Vogue to see if she was interested in doing a piece on them. Grace’s reaction had been one of disinterest & nothing was done with the boot but ironically my mother noticed that at the time of her visit Grace was wearing a copy of the mohair jumper she had designed for the shop ‘Sex’. Just confirming really how ‘behind’ ‘Vogue’ has always been.
Also she mentioned that the boot was being worn by Malcolm’s new project The Sex Pistols at this early stage, they therefore were among the first people to wear them.
I have had a look on the internet to find any old photos of people wearing these first boots & I discovered one of Johnny Thunders in ‘The Heartbreakers’ wearing a pair (The Heartbreakers had been a support group to the Sex Pistols on the Anarchy Tour in December 76. Johnny had been in the New York Dolls before this). Johnny is the one on the right (See photo).
The first time that the design was revised was about 10 years ago for the s/s2002 Nymphs collection when a high heeled version was made with moulded toes at the front. This was called the Bondage boot for the first time.
In 2005 for the autumn/winter Propaganda collection a version was made with a rounder toe & the (Battersea) Power Station heel. Then for the s/s 2011 collection a similar version was shown but this time it had a very high heel & was called the ‘Skyscrapper’.
Back to the present day & the new additions to be available in World’s End this week.
The Elevated Bondage Boot will be available in 3 different colour ways of the squiggle print. Brown leather with brown squiggle,brown leather with navy squiggle & white leather with red squiggle (although this colour way will be in the shop a bit later, in about 3 weeks). These will retail at £465.
The Bondage (toe) boot & the Seditionaries boot (flat sole) already available in black leather with grey, red, khaki & black canvas are to be joined by a new colour way based on the original 1977 boot, tan leather with green canvas. These retail at £375 for the Bondage Boot & £355 for the Seditionaries Boot.

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers Seditionaries Boot Vivienne Westwood

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

Seditionaries Boot 1977 Vivienne Westwood

Seditionaries Boot 1977 Vivienne Westwood

Seditionaries Boot 1977_All leather

 

Elevated Bondage Boot 2013 Vivienne Westwood

Elevated Bondage Boot 2013

Bondage Boots 2013 Vivienne Westwood World'sEndShop

Bondage Boots 2013

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19 thoughts on “Oh Bondage Up Yours

  1. AAGGGHHH they’re amazing ! I want a green canvas pair ! Looks like Lisa is going to get a visit in the next few weeks :-) Thanks Ben ! xxx

  2. Great post Ben!
    Apart from the ‘sack shoe’ these are the sexiest shoes ever.
    Thanks again.

    Happy birthday Vivienne x

  3. These shoes are one of ,if not the best designed shoe in the world! so timeless and yet still have so much edge to them, worth every penny! thanks again Ben!

  4. I really love that the original Westwood style can be reincarnated in such a modern way! That’s what makes Westwood so special, it’s always trendy!

    Best wishes to Vivienne on her birthday too! xo

    James

  5. It is so exciting to see all the new gold label shoes coming out for this season! I never knew that heel was called the ‘power station’ heel brilliant! Bondage boots are one of my absolute staples so I will have to get a elevated squiggle pair, would love the regular animal toe version to come in a squiggle trim option too any chance we can talk John into making those??

  6. amazing shoe … i adore my black on black pair I got for christmas (thank you Stevie D) :-) along with the pirate boot another beautiful iconic shoe from vivienne :-)

  7. Just had this wonderful thought about Westwood clothes. I get asked all the time about my clothes which are pretty much exclusively Westwood. My thought was this … I have a story behind so many of the pieces. When some one asks me about them I can tell them the history or the design influences. Its this article to the core I don’t just wear the shoes you wear the history as well. I have a pair of jeans I wore yesterday … I’ve had them for a few years now … when asked about them at work I was able to say that they are called Hussar Jeans and based on a design worn by Russian Horse Soldiers :-) I’ve had them so long that this may not be accurate but how brilliant that when asked I can repeat this story. This must be unique; if not its certainly says to me that there is value beyond just the item. When you buy Westwood you buy into a deep thought, a concept and a passion for clothes and history. Love It :-)

  8. hi Ben,
    can you post pictures of the flat heeled tan leather/green canvas seditionaries (based on the original 1977 pair) from ALL sides please (front, back, right and left side).
    For sure, it will help me place an order to Lise faster…

  9. Hello there Ben,

    I had to ask you. I’ve been doing a lot of research on the company and your mother, and I just recently found out about the Prince’s RainforestSOS.org she spoke about while on Jonathon Ross’s talk show back in 2009. The website is no longer active. Do you think it would be possible to ask your mother if she knows what happened? I know she’s passionate about this topic as am I, and I’m wondering if there’s a new site that she’s aware of?

    Thank you for your time.

    Warm regards,

    Niko Sol

  10. Just wondering if anyone knows why all the gold label shoes/boots have gone down in price ?? I’m not complaining but just thought it was strange. If anyone knows I would love to find out. x

  11. I’ve got a pair of the boots exactly like they are on the first photography, which were a limited reedition of George Cox. I really love them…

  12. really good information, love reading about the evolution of this incredible design. buying red seditionaries/george cox boot from trash and vaudville in nyc..many thanks Ben

  13. Hate to be picky..but the great thing about Vivienne is she is NEVER ‘trendy’ not ‘always’. She isn’t interested in what is or will be popular, just what she likes. That’s why she’s done (in my opinion) some absolute howlers! But the majority of what she does is genius. I’ve looked at some things over the years and thought ‘love it, but no way will this take off’ and been proved wrong.High heels, platforms, corsets, inner wear as outer wear, raw edges, hats, the mini crini, ‘heritage’…all were thought to be mad or unrevivable when she did them now they are mainstream. Weirdly, even when they are mainstream…her versions are STILL somehow perverse and queer. She has a vision and the fact that it isn’t shared by anyone is what makes her a genius. Vive La Vivienne!

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