George Cleverley is very proud to have teamed up with MR. PORTER & ROCKETMAN to produce a very special collection for the launch of a musical fantasy about the uncensored story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Produced by Matthew Vaughn, Elton John & David Furnish. Rocketman is an upcoming 2019 British-American musical drama film based on the life of musician Elton John. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall. It stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard also starring. The film follows John’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music up to his eventual musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. The film gets its title from John’s 1972 song of the same name.
George Cleverley has partnered with MR. PORTER to produce a very unique Winklepicker boot from the 1950’s. The feature that gives the boot its name is the very sharp and long pointed toe, reminiscent of medieval footwear and approximately the same as the long pointed toes on some women’s high-fashion shoes and boots in the late 2000s.
The extremely pointed toe was called the winkle picker because in England periwinkle snails, or winkles, are a popular seaside snack which is eaten using a pin or other pointed object to extract the soft parts out of the coiled shell carefully, hence the phrase: “to winkle something out”, and based on that, winklepickers became a humorous name for shoes with a very pointed tip.
We developed a Chelsea Boot style (elastic-sided with a two-inch, and later as much as two-and-one-half-inch, Cuban heel) was notably worn by the Beatles but although it had a pointed toe, was not considered to be a winklepicker.
Rocketman is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2019 and in the United States on 31 May 2019 by Paramount Pictures.
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