Sole Of A Band

The Sole Of A Band, April 3

These shoes, worn by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, say as much about the band's sound as the group's makeup and stage antics.

These shoes, worn by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, say as much about the band's sound as the group's makeup and stage antics. Christie's Images/Corbis hide caption

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Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

But what about shoes? Over the last few months, I've been photographing the shoes of bands I see live, and I've come up with a test, a music quiz of sorts. Imagine this: If I play you a song and then show you four photos of shoes worn by musicians, will you be able to match the shoe to the song? Lace up your thinking boots: I give you The Sole of a Band.

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