In the spirit of
those heady Shang-a-Lang days Acupuncture has created the Les
McKeown Bay City Runner. No retro rehash here – the Runner also
features a transparent version of Acupuncture’s signature anarchy A
on the heel and thoroughly modern styling. This space-age sneaker is
built onto an all new ultra-white version of the best-selling Kunda
sole unit. The Runner plays up its Bay City heritage with a white
fabric and tartan upper (the tartan is unique to Acupuncture), an
American baseball-styled circle logo and Les’s signature embroidered
by the heel.
The wry and
still rather dashing McKeown remains one of Britain’s best-loved pop
heart-throbs. Acupuncture hope that this shoe will go some way to
reminding the world of that exciting time when being young mean’t
being loud, proud and standing out from the crowd, well, your
parents at any rate.
Look out for the
next wave of Rollermania, currently gaining ground in Hollywood. Now
Courtney Love’s bought the film rights to Guardian Music Editor
Caroline Sullivan’s book on Roller fandom Bye Bye Baby, it looks
like McKeown’s time is coming around again…
The Bay City
Runner will be available from December 2000.