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The history of sub culture is a chronicle of being different. Back in the 1950’s, when the first generation of teenagers fired up a youth revolution, their goal was to look and behave differently to their parents. Previously, young people had been stylistic carbon copies of their elders. But with the advent of first generation rock ‘n’ Rolland also Teddy boys, a generational schism cracked open that would never again be rendered shunt.

On the surface, the Griggs family of Northampton in the English Midlands was seemingly a part of this relieved establishment. Making boots since 1901 in the heartland of British shoe-making, the family was successful, established and respected.