In the 60s and 70s, when Adidas was mistaken for a mosquito breed, and before other so-called sports shoes stepped into the footwear scene, men took great pride in wearing leather shoes. Of these came a fashion – an essentially white-bodied leather ornamented with shiny black patches in strategic places.
In fact, as a kid and in my youth, I had worn through several such pairs. (My parents must have skipped many lunches to buy them).
Oh yes, one of my school principals was a dyed-in-the-leather fan of these shoes. Without fail, he would strut up and down outside the classrooms daily, making an unmistakeable B&W statement that he was serious with discipline in the school.
Of course views are different today – people prefer 50 shades of gray (or more), interspersed with a revolt of colours.