The on-stage antics soon became a unique signature of The Who, and Townshend in particular. His performances became so physical that he started damaging his feet. And in 1967, he turned to a pair of air-cushioned 1460 boots to relieve his soles. In Townshend's own words, 'Their toughness combined with their softness and flexibility is what made them so perfect for the routines I performed on stage. I literally bounced.'
As the band rose to Mod king status, they brought our boots along for the ride. Townshend took them everywhere: ‘There would sometimes be a couple of things I’d take to bed with me. A bottle of cognac on one side, a Dr. Martens boot on the other.’